It has been infrastructure, infrastructure and more infrastructure in Darlington this month. In February two businesses in Darlington received funding for cycle provision: Exis Technology and New World Hotels both received funds to provide showers, lockers and cycle parking for their staff.
We have also been installing cycling infrastructure in schools. Abbey Junior School received 60 bicycle parking facilities while Holy Family Primary School now has the facilities to park ten bikes. We are also consulting with Branksome Secondary School about cycle facilities for their staff and students.
Work is underway on the McMullen Road bicycle path, which will provide a necessary link to a large industrial estate and major employment site in Darlington. We are also fortunate to be involved with the construction of the new Haughton Education Village which will have three schools, a primary, secondary and special needs school, all on one site. Cycle routes are being constructed linking the new site to surrounding residential areas and the Darlington cycle network.
Also in the last few weeks we have posted out 3000 of our new cycle maps to residents known to have an interest in cycling. It is hoped that with spring now on the way this will encourage residents to get out on their bikes.