New cycle parking installed in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill through Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund
In Haverhill the parking racks have been installed in the High Street by the former Natwest Bank and outside the Bus Station by Premier Travel, and in Bury St Edmunds two cycle parking racks have been installed in St Andrew Street South.
A third cycle parking rack in Bury St Edmunds has been installed outside the parade of shops in Westgate Street.
Funding for the new parking bays has come from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, which was set up after it was noticed pollution had dropped when the nation went into lockdown earlier this year and people were using their vehicles less.
Cllr Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs, said the new racks were needed after more people had taken up cycling this year.
"Many residents in Suffolk have embraced cycling during the pandemic, so we have a real opportunity here to make cycling safer and easier not just for this unprecedented period, but for the future as well to reap the associated health and pollution benefits," he said.
"To get more people cycling long term we need to ensure there are enough places for them to safely store their bikes, so I am really pleased it is now easier to access Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill town centres on two wheels. "
"I hope the facilities will encourage more people to grab their helmet and give it a go."
Cllr Susan Glossop, Cabinet Member for Growth at West Suffolk Council said she was pleased the new racks were up after members of the public had called for them to be installed.
She said: “We are pleased more cycle parking is being introduced by Suffolk County Council at trial locations in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill town centres.
"We had strong public engagement in shaping the town centre masterplans with many public comments calling for more places to store and lock up bicycles in the town centres.
"Furthermore, it supports our commitment to the environment and improving public health, by encouraging people to not use the car to come into our town centres."
Suffolk County Council's efforts and commitment to active travel have been praised by the Department for Transport and has meant the council was awarded a further £1.685 million in tranche two from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.