Cycle Route not part of the Olympic Legacy

Heavy Traffic on the Portland Beach Road

Heavy Traffic on the Portland Beach Road

A safe cycle route across Portland Beach Road is an absolute priority, cyclists said at a public meeting in Weymouth.  Ken Reed, local co-ordinator of the Dorset Cyclists’ Network, outlined the council’s proposals for cyclists and those in mobility scooters.  There was concern at the meeting that the link to Portland was not currently part of the Olympic legacy. 

Discussion indicated that the route to Portland serves 14,000 Portlanders, giving them access to Olympic viewing.  It serves Osprey Quay and Portland Port, both major employers.  Many Olympic sailors who train on bikes would also welcome the facility.  It was agreed that the route will deliver a real increase in cycling, road safety improvements, more green tourism, less car use and better access to and from Portland.  It should be completed prior to the Olympics.

Those at the meeting welcomed the three Olympic routes which are to be completed by 2012.  These are the Marsh Route from Budmouth College, the Redlands Route from Upwey and the Eastern Route from Overcombe Corner.  The lack of provision for cyclists on the seafront and the delay in building the Newstead Road bridge until 2011 both caused concern.

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