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Lower Earley Cycleway opens

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.

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Story Time at Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Last Wednesday, Bracknell Forest Town Council hosted another Teddy Bears picnic.

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Safer Roads Berkshire and Bracknell Forest’s road safety team were there for story time.
Three slots throughout the day gave the opportunity to come and sit on a blanket in the shade and listen to the story of Teddy Takes a Tumble.

You can't miss St Mary's pupils on thier way to school.

Hi Vis school bags introduced to schools

Hi visibility school bags are now being sighted on the way to and from a Maidenhead school.  St Mary’s Catholic school are the first school to take up the ‘bright’ scheme to ensure that their pupils are easily seen by drivers on their way to and from school.

The idea came from the Royal Borough’s road safety officer who wanted to find a way to get school children to wear hi vis clothing.  Introducing a school back pack that could be used by all pupils meant that children wouldn’t feel singled out as they did when their parents made them wear a hi vis jacket.  The pupils like the bags and are happy to use them as their school bag.  These bags can be seen from quite a distance.

The bags cost no more than a normal back pack and are printed up with the school’s logo in a reflective print.

All schools within the Royal Borough are encouraged to take up the scheme.  To find out more about how to get your school involved in the scheme, contact Imogen Leonard by emailing imogen.leonard@rbwm.gov.uk or call 01628 796943.

 

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Urban Limits Tour 2014

Plans are under-way for the next urban limits tour, which will take place in July 2014. Last year the three day tour, saw our riders stop in Newbury, Bracknell, Wokingham, Slough, Maidenhead and lastly Reading. The tour was covered on BBC South evening news, and gathered a lot of public attention.
This year hopes to be even bigger. More details to follow as soon as they are released.

If you would like to register your interest for the Urban Limits Tour 2014, please contact us.

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