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17
Jun

Progressing the Towpath Improvement Project

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In 2014 members of Cycle Devizes and Devizes Community Area Partnership transport team identified areas for immediate action, including the canal towpath.

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Towpath assessment with Canal & Rivers Trust

The community groups successfully lobbied the Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) and Wiltshire Council and all parties placed the towpath as their top priority.  Everyone could see the sense in making the towpath safe and pleasant for cycling, walking, pushing prams and wheel chairs by the Canal. 

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The Towpath project was designed as three distinct phases and adopted by the Devizes Air Quality and Transport Strategy Group (an Area Board sub-committee that oversees sustainable transport initiatives).  

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Work in progress by Hospital Bridge

All  improvements are well underway.  Here's our progress report using before and after photos:

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Before and after 

The first phase of the project (London Road to the Hospital Bridge) was completed last year.

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Before and after 

The second phase (The Wharf to The Nursery/Bath Road) has just been completed.

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Towpath at the top of Caen Hill Locks is phase 3

The third phase needs further partnership and is on the 'to do' list. We had hoped that Sustrans could support with their funding from Department for Transport.  Despite the rhetoric to get people cycling, it has been vulnerable to central government cuts. In the meantime CRT is filling potholes with the help of their team of volunteers.

 

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15
May

Cycling in Devizes

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Cycling in Devizes has been given a new push thanks to Sustainable Devizes absorbing Cycle Devizes to form a new cycle group.
The aims remain the same: to inspire enough cyclists so that cycling becomes an accepted form of everyday transport for everyone, one of the most environmentally friendly ways of getting around Devizes.

Social Cycling in Devizes: 'SCID'

'Social Cycling in Devizes' is the facebook group for the cycle group so that cyclists can invite others to join them for a local ride.  

ARE YOUR A RUSTY RETURNER? Make yourself known to the SCID Facebook group and find yourself a Bike Buddy!

Other events will be advertised on Facebook and on this website.

Bike Week 2016 11 - 19 June 
2 events in Devizes

Simon Thompson has agreed to lead the Bike Week event: a Family Cycle Trail on Saturday 18th June

Tony Cosstick is organising a sportive charity ride that starts and finishes on the Hopton Industrial Estate on Sunday 12th June.

See here for details, or see Simon's and Tony's posts on SCID.

We are hoping Simon and Tony will be the first of many who will come forward to help during the fine weather this summer.  Interested? Please get in touch.

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Devizes Family Cycle Trail 2016

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