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Parks cycling ban in Dudley to be lifted in New Year

Incident-free trial aims to get locals active and means kids will have somewhere safe to learn to ride a bike

A ban on riding bicycles in parks borough in the West Midlands borough of Dudley may soon be ended after nearly four decades as part of the local council’s plans to get people active and give children somewhere safe to ride their bikes.

Currently, a by-law means that cycling is banned in all of the 18 parks and open spaces for which Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is responsible, reports the Express & Star.

The decision follows a year-long trial in which cycling was permitted at five ‘Healthy Hub’ locations – Huntingtree Park, Mary Stevens Park, Netherton Park and Silver Jubilee Park, plus the Dell Stadium, Pensnett.

A Cyclists’ Code of Conduct was put up at the entrances to the parks in question and fears that permitting cycling would lead to conflict with people on foot proved unfounded with no reported incidents during the trial.

The council’s cabinet member for environment and culture, Councillor Tracy Wood, commented: “The promotion of cycling in parks and council managed public open spaces will increase the opportunity for cycling for all residents and in particular provide better opportunities for young people to learn to cycle in a safe environment.”

She also said that the decision to lift the ban, due to be approved on 3 January, would allow the council to make greater provision for cycling away from roads.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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