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Norfolk primary schoolkids push for bike path

Proposed route would also benefit hospital and university workers

Schoolchildren in Norwich are campaigning for a cycle route to join villages lying south of the city, one of which has a primary school, another a high school, according to the Norwich Evening News.

The proposed path would also connect the villages of Little Melton and Hethersett with one of the city’s key employment hubs where the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the University of East Anglia and the city’s research park are located.

The campaign launched by children from Little Melton Primary School, and has gained support from parents, teachers and councillors, as well as the local MP.

John Heaser, chairman of Little Melton Parish Council, told the newspaper: "There's more pressure on children to cycle to school and we're always being told to get on our bikes but quite frankly the roads are very dangerous, adding, "it's certainly not suitable for 10- and 11-year-olds to cycle to school and a lot of people don't get on their bikes because they are absolutely terrified."

The initiative was started by Little Melton Primary School council, comprising children aged four to eleven, who in February told the parish council that they would like a safer route to cycle to Hethersett when they graduate to the high school there.

The parish council took their views on board and surveyed local householders to get opinions on preferred routes, one of which is a path alongside Hethersett Lane that would cross the A47 using an existing bridge.

The campaign has attracted the backing of local MP Richard Bacon, who will next month accompany schoolchildren as they cycle to Hetherscott, as well as seeing for himself the difficulties cyclists currently face in crossing the A47.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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