Cycleway opens with Eco event

The Princes Drive cycle link to enhance sustainable access to Victoria Park, Morrisons, Shires Retail Park and Leamington Spa Rail Station for pedestrians and cyclists has been declared open with an event aimed at encouraging cycling in the area.

Some of the first people to use the path will be cyclists taking part in Action 21’s Eco Fun Day on Sunday (7 May). The event, organised by local environmental charity Action 21, will involve a cycle or walk from St Nicholas Park in Warwick to Leamington Pump Rooms.

Kristie Naimo, Chair of Friends of Foundry Wood, said: “We are so pleased to see this access has now been opened up to link up the path on Princes Drive. This will make it much safer for cyclists and pedestrians visiting Foundry Wood. We have always encouraged people to use sustainable travel to our woodland and this link makes that journey that little bit easier for all.”

John Armstrong, Chair of the Action 21 Trustees, said: ” We want to get our environmental education message to a wider audience and decided to plan something that would appeal to the whole family.”

Leamington Spa is to become a focal point for cyclists around the world in June. The Parade in Leamington Spa will see the culmination of stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Warwickshire on Friday June 9th when the world’s top women cyclists will finish their racing for the day.

Mick Bennett, Race Director of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour said, “This is excellent news and links into the return of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour to Warwickshire. There are a range of benefits to cycling more frequently, not least a cleaner environment! We hope that watching the race will inspire people to get on their bikes and to get cycling, so we welcome more safe cycleways.”

For more information on the Women’s Tour follow the hashtag #WCT2017