A welcome initiative by Transition Marlborough to use two parking spaces on the High Street for cycle parking was recently approved by Wiltshire Council. The plan, however, was subsequently thwarted by the town council, one of whom claims cycle parking would present a 'danger' to motorists.
Cycling is a green and healthy activity that is being endorsed and encouraged by thought leaders nationwide, not only at a local level but through high profile campaigns and initiatives led by Olympic champions Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott, business leaders Sir Richard Branson and Lord Sugar, and politicians Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson.
They all agree that cycling is a great way to take responsibility for our personal health as well as the health of our environment.
We are disappointed that Marlborough Town Council, which has rejected plans to use two parking spaces in the High Street for cycle racks (one outside The Polly and one outside Valentiner's), appears to be out of touch with this positive national trend and with the wishes of many people who live or cycle in Marlborough.
We want proper facilities in the High Street for cyclists as outlined in the proposal by Transition Marlborough, supported by Wiltshire Council, which we believe to be the best and safest option for cycle parking in the town.
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