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'Cycling legacy' plans roll into action with key stakeholder meeting

Around 20 people keen to play their part in making South Derbyshire one of the UK's top destinations for cyclists have attended a key stakeholder meeting.

District and parish councillors, WI members and representatives of sustainable travel charity Sustrans were among those who gathered at South Derbyshire District Council's Civic Offices.

The Council recently announced plans to create a 'cycling legacy', which includes a cycling hub at Green Bank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote, where commuters can store their bikes and use shower and changing facilities before heading to work.

Stuart Batchelor, the Council's Director of Community and Planning, said: "Our vision is to make South Derbyshire one of the most attractive places in the UK for cyclists, so we were delighted to welcome so many people at the meeting keen to help make this happen.

"Our South Derbyshire Cycle Plan will run alongside the Derbyshire Cycle Plan and provide a five-year programme of activities and infrastructure changes that we hope will get 50,000 extra women taking up cycling by 2030, as well lead to a 50 per cent increase in those who commute to work by bike.

"It's an ambitious target but we're confident it can be achieved."