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New charter puts cycling at the heart of Chelmsford

October 13, 2020 7:08 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

CyclewayCycling should be at the heart of making Chelmsford's transport more sustainable. Chelmsford's Lib Dem-led Council has launched a new charter, with the aim of showing wide-spread support for safer cycling from Chelmsford's communities.

All residents, schools, community groups and businesses of Chelmsford are invited to sign the Cycling Charter to show their support for everyday cycling as a way of making the city a better place to live and work in. Sign the charter at: https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parking-and-travel/chelmsford-cycling-charter

Making cycling more accessible will help Chelmsford to tackle challenges like air pollution, congestion and unhealthy lifestyles, as well as relieving pressure on the congested roads of the growing city.

Councillor Jeremy Lager (Chelmsford City Council's cycling champion) says, "The charter is more than a declaration of intent. It will become a valuable tool to demonstrate the breadth of support from the residents of Chelmsford and the wider community when it comes to arguing for safer space on the crowded roads, and petitioning for a fairer share from a limited County Council Highways budget.

"I know many people who have told me they would love to get around on their bike more, to promote their health and help combat congestion and climate change, only they are too worried about their safety. This charter gives them the opportunity to make their voices heard."

A Chelmsford Cycle Forum is also being set up with representatives from Chelmsford City Council, Essex County Council, cycling charities, public health, businesses, schools and community groups. It will meet regularly, with the task of promoting the charter high on the agenda.

Find out more at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/chelmsford-cycling-charter