A NEW group to represent and promote all aspects of cycling in the Vale of Evesham has been launched.
The growing popularity and profile of cycling in the town was recognised last Sunday (February 15) with the launch of Cycle Evesham Vale (CEV).
CEV has been formed as a result of feedback for the forthcoming Evesham Town Plan, which identified a strong demand for improved facilities and infrastructure for cycling.
And the launch comes just months after Vale residents took to the streets to welcome some of Britain’s best cyclists when Evesham hosted one of the stages of the Tour of Britain.
Evesham Mayor Coun Charlie Homer and Deputy Mayor Coun Fred Kaler were among those in attendance at the launch of the group which was held at ImaGine in Market Place.
Speaking at the event, CEV Chairman Robin Walker welcomed cyclists from throughout the Vale and said: “Cycling can bring so many benefits to us in the Vale, including improved health and wellbeing, economic benefits from cyclotourism, and
reduced dependency on the motor car.
“We will be working with local clubs, local government, and community organisations to map out safe and enjoyable routes, provide adult cycle training to improve confidence on the road, organise social rides, and encourage cycle friendly businesses to provide for the needs of all cyclists.
“This a landmark day for cycling in Evesham and the Vale, and we look forward to turning our vision into reality.” he added.
Once the formalities were over, many of those attending enjoyed a social ride to explorie some of the lesser known cycle tracks around the town.
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Cyclists enjoyed a social ride around Evesham after the launch of CEV. (s)