Town can benefit from major cycling events says AM

Tour of BritainAssembly Member Lesley Griffiths hopes recent major cycling events that have taken place in and around Wrexham can inspire local residents to get on their bikes.

Last week crowds lined the street throughout the town as the Tour of Britain, which featured eventual winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and fellow Olympian Mark Cavendish, visited Wrexham during its fourth stage.

A week earlier, Etape Cymru took place around Wrexham and both events helped put the local area on the map, highlighting the wonderful scenery on our doorstop.

As the popularity of cycling continues to soar, the Welsh Government has introduced its ‘Cycling Nation’ programme, setting out how to promote the sport and encourage more people to consider cycling as a genuine alternative to driving for shorter journeys.

Welsh Government legislation, such as the Active Travel Bill, has already been introduced to help improve cyclists’ safety and hopefully lead to an increase in tourism and a reduction in congestion on our roads.

Commenting, Wrexham AM Griffiths said:

“Wrexham has been fortunate to have two major cycling events take part in the area in recent weeks.”

“Due to the success of British athletes over the last few years, the popularity of the sport is at an all-time high and the Welsh Government is determined to lead the way in the UK and make Wales a nation of cyclists.”

“Improving the safety and accessibility, coupled with major events like Etape Cymru and the Tour of Britain can not only help change the attitude of the general public towards cycling, but also inspire the next generation of world class cyclists.”


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