Councillors call for Stoke Road cycle path extension

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 13 November 2020

A PETITION has been launched by a Hinckley Councillor to create a safe cycle path for parents and children who cycle from Hinckley to St. Martin’s Catholic School in Stoke Golding.

Concerned child cyclists on the cycle path (Supplied by Lynda Hodgkins to The Hinckley Free Press)

The petition was launched by Lynda Hodgkins, a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Hinckley, who represents the Hinckley Trinity Ward.

Councillor Lynda Hodgkins launched the petition after parents approached local Councillors asking for the cycle path to be installed.

At this moment in time, children and parents are having to cycle along Hinckley’s Stoke Road, a busy and fast moving main road which leads into the village of Stoke Golding, however users fear that using the main road may cause an accident.

In a statement, Councillor Hodgkins, said: “Many parents have contacted me asking for this safe cycle path. It’s a dangerous route to cycle from Hinckley to Stoke Golding.

“If we want young people to cycle instead of being driven in their parent’s cars, we have to make the route safe. I would urge all parents, and residents in Hinckley and Stoke Golding to sign this petition.

“The more signatures we get the more pressure it will put on the County Council to act.”

Hinckley’s Liberal Democrat Borough and County Councillor, Michael Mullaney, has shown his support and backed the campaign.

Michael Mullaney said: “I totally support Lynda’s campaign. We need the cycle path extending to St Martin’s School for safety reasons.

“I have written to the [Leicestershire] County Council Highways asking for the cycle path to be extended.

“I hope they will listen to the concerns of parents, students and residents and find a way to extend the cycle path to the school.”

If you would like to sign the petition for the proposed safer cycle path from Hinckley to Stoke Golding, you can do so here.

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