Mayor Praises ‘Brilliant’ Cycle Initiative following launch

Mayor of Charnwood Coun Jill Vincent Opens the Scheme

Mayor of Charnwood Coun Jill Vincent Opens the Scheme

Mayor of Charnwood Coun Jill Vincent Demonstrates the Velo-Safe

Mayor of Charnwood Coun Jill Vincent Demonstrates the Velo-Safe

Velo-Safe Designer Peter Davenport

Velo-Safe Designer Peter Davenport Explains the Locker

A ground-breaking ‘green’ transport initiative at Loughborough College received a resounding civic seal of approval last Thursday (October 21).

The College’s new safety-conscious cycle locker system was described as ‘brilliant’ by the Mayor of Charnwood Coun Jill Vincent who explained it has come as a partial answer to a long-running campaign to ease traffic congestion in the town.

Coun Vincent, who attended the official launch with the Deputy Mayor Coun Roy Brown, said she’d been part of a council working group which had introduced new traffic regulations in a bid to reduce parking on the periphery of the university campus.

She said: “We realised that this could not be treated in isolation but about parking throughout the area and the need to integrate green transport.

“This scheme is particularly brilliant and it will improve things and help within the whole system.”

Twenty cycle lockers, five cycle hoops and CCTV for residents at The Gables have been installed in an initiative backed by the Post-16 Transport Partnership at Leicestershire County and Leicester City Council; together with the county council’s environment and transport department. The College has also funded 24 cycle lockers and CCTV on its main campus for students and staff.

College principal Jim Mutton described the scheme as ‘very important’ to both the College and for Loughborough and the county as a whole.

He stressed that people should be encouraged to use their cycles but needed to know they would be safe and secure.

He revealed that the cycle lockers were being very well used with the main campus having a waiting list of 30 already.

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