Initiative highlights key routes plus local attractions

Residents of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to get on their bikes thanks to the launch of a new cycle map that highlights commuting, school and leisure routes in the Fenland town.

The map, initially suggested by the Wisbech Cycle Forum, has been researched and published by Cambridgeshire County Council together with Fenland District Council and Sustrans, and also highlights sites of interest to tourists, local bike shops, and a detailed inset map of the town centre.

It has been distributed to local schools, parish councils and tourist sites, and can also be obtained for free from the Wisbech Tourist Information Centre.

Roy Pegram, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Growth, Infrastructure and Strategic Planning, said: “Cycling is a fantastic way of getting around Cambridgeshire. Whether you are cycling to school, work or leisure, Cambridgeshire County Council are committed to providing high quality cycle routes as well as user-friendly maps to encourage more people to choose to cycle. “

His colleague on the county council, Simon King, who is also a Wisbech councillor and member of the Wisbech Cycle Forum, said “Wisbech has a good cycle network and is ideal for cycling. As a member of the Wisbech Cycle Forum, I’m delighted with the new map and I’m sure it will encourage more people to use the network and explore the many attractions around the area”.

Copies of the map were given out last weekend to riders and spectators at the The map was distributed to cyclists and spectators attending the Wisbech Round Table charity bike ride at the weekend, with participants including World and Paralympic champion Jody Cundy.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.