Pupils from Hawkedon Primary School lent their pedal power to help open 2.5km of cycleway in Lower Earley this week, built by Wokingham Borough Council.
This dedicated fills a gap in the existing bicycle network in that part of the borough, linking up with the Shinfield Blackboy and Winnersh Showcase roundabouts, as well as existing cycleways such as Cutbush Lane.
It will benefit thousands of cyclists of all ages including pupils attending nearby schools, commuters at Winnersh Business Park (formerly Winnersh IQ), local people wanting to shop in Lower Earley, and young people using the BMX track in Paddick Way, and will also be an important link and alternative transport choice for residents in new housing in Shinfield.
Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for highways and planning, cut the ribbon to open the cycleway at special ceremony alongside members of the borough council’s My Journey Wokingham team, and representatives from Reading Borough Council’s Readybike.
The cycleway has been built with a £747,000 grant from Sustrans on behalf of the Department for Transport, as well as developers’ contributions, it is three metres wide and separated from the highway by a small fence and Street lights have been replaced along the entire length, and the speed limit along Lower Earley Way reduced to 50mph.