New bike racks installed by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) will help to make Coalville more accessible to cyclists, encourage people to visit, and promote healthy living.
As part of the council’s Choose Coalville project, 19 new bike racks have been placed across four locations in the town. Four existing bike racks have been left in situ in Memorial Square.
This will increase the numbers of racks available in Coalville, and has seen any outdated existing stands replaced.
Funding for the new racks has come from NWLDC, with support from Leicestershire County Council, which has carried out the work to install them.
Six new racks have been put in place outside the council offices on Whitwick Road, five on Belvoir Road at the entrance to the Belvoir Shopping Centre, two in Marlborough Square, and six outside Coalville Library.
Barrie Walford, Business Focus Team Manager at NWLDC, said: “We wanted to improve our provision for cyclists in Coalville and the new racks provide a safe place for bikes to be stored while riders enjoy the town.
“As part of the Choose Coalville project we want to make the town as accessible as possible by all means of transport - including by bike – and this is just one way of achieving that.
“It also encourages residents from the district to keep fit and healthy by riding into town – rather than travelling by other means of transport.”
Chris Sidney, secretary of the Coalville Wheelers Cycling Club, said: “I think that anything that helps encourage more cyclists to ride into the town is a good thing.
“It is great in that it also encourages people to be fit and healthy by cycling rather than driving everywhere.
“We’re really pleased North West Leicestershire District Council is promoting cycling in the town by installing these racks.
“Coalville Wheelers is always looking to welcome new members of all abilities. Just visit us at our clubhouse on Sunday mornings in Top Road, or visit www.coalvillewheelers.org.uk”
The Choose Coalville project, which launched in 2015, aims to build confidence in the town through positive collective action. The new bike racks are one of a number of schemes led by NWLDC.
Coalville has many cycle paths, of which most link to National Cycle Route 52 - part of a cycling network which connects the town centre with Stephenson College, the community hospital and outlying villages.
More details on cycle routes in and around Coalville can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/cycle_routes
Picture caption: Coalville Wheelers Cycling Club members Charles Yates, Alan Vallance, Paul Knifton and Chris Sidney with two of the newly installed racks in Malborough Square