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More parking space is needed for cyclists in devizes
6:00pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A Devizes campaign group has appealed to the town council to provide more places for bicycle parking in the Market Place.
The town council saw a powerpoint presentation by Cycle Devizes on Tuesday evening, in which the group’s co-ordinator Margaret Nightingale said the best way to cut traffic congestion in the town centre was to encourage more people to take to two wheels.
But she said: “When we carried out an audit of spaces, it is amazing the number of bike parking stands there are in the town but they are very scruffy and tucked away. Even people who live here don’t know where the parking is.
“There are 12 spaces at the Wharf but there is no sign to say they are there. The ones at Morrison’s are difficult to use and, once again, need a sign to say they are there.”
The group has drawn up a list of places around the town where bike stands should be upgraded or added. Town councillors were in favour of most of them, except when it came to the Market Place.
Coun Jeff Ody said: “As a cyclist myself I find my cycling is not constrained by lack of parking. I have no objection to cycle stands in suitable locations. The Trust for Devizes went to a lot of trouble to maximise the beauty of the Market Place and reduce the amount of street clutter. These proposals are strongly counter to those feelings.”
Cycle Devizes proposed replacing redundant rusty “hoops” on the bulge outside HSBC bank with two new hoops and signage to draw attention to them. It wants to upgrade the two “tatty” hoops outside Winkworth estate agents and add three more, also with signage.
It wants to install five hoops outside Carphone Warehouse which, it said, would not get in the way of the Thursday market.
It also wants to install CCTV cameras to overlook cycle parking spaces in the West Central car park.
Kate Freeman of the Community Area Transport Group said the money for this would be provided by contributions made by housing developers but admitted the cost of maintenance would fall on the town council.
Coun Ted East commended the group and invited it to amend the report on the basis of comments from councillors and return at a later date.
Councillors supported a motion to accept many of the recommendations in the report but not the ones referring to the Market Place.
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