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Money to be spent creating new routes and extending existing ones

Good news for the people of Burnley - an extra £150,000 is being invested in cycle infrastructure to make sure that students and workers can get safely around town.

This is Lancashire reports that four key schemes will receive council cash. 

£25,0000 will be spent on providing a link across Pollard Moor, from the Burnley Bridge Business Park, to Manchester Road in Hapton.

The council also plans to spend £56,000 to extend routes from the Padiham Greenway to Simonstone and Altham.

Other initiatives would include £40,000 allocated to upgrading a footpath from Shuttleworth Mead to Higham, making it usable by both riders and walkers.

The remaining money will be earmarked for minor improvements such as providing guard rails and barriers along parts of various pathways.

Coun Shah Hussain, the council’s executive member for community services, said: “By creating a network of safe, off-road routes we are making it safer and easier for people to use pedal power to get to and from work, or just as a leisure activity.”

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.