A new cycle path means residents of Long Lawford and New Bilton can now bike into the town centre more safely.
The 1.5 mile route includes a dedicated shared cycle and pedestrian path along the A428 from Briars Close in Long Lawford to east of Parkfield Road.
From there, the route leaves the A428 Lawford Road and follows a mixture of shared cycle paths and residential streets to reach Corporation Street, where cyclists can now use upgraded signals to cross over to Little Elborow Street.
The path allows cyclists to avoid the busy A428 Lawford Road and the Warwick Street gyratory system when accessing the town centre.
The route received funding from a nearby housing development in Long Lawford, Warwickshire County Council and Sustrans, a UK charity which helps people travel by foot, bike and public transport, through the Department for Transport’s ‘Cycle Safety Scheme’.
Cllr Peter Butlin, environment portfolio holder for Warwickshire County Council, said: “The scheme will be of benefit to a significant number of people living in Long Lawford and the western part of Rugby, enabling them to travel sustainably for their local journeys. We are very pleased to have been successful last year in securing Cycle Safety Scheme funding from Sustrans, which has enabled us to extend this new cycle route to the town centre.”
Cllr Maggie O’Rourke, chairman of the county council’s adult social care and health overview and scrutiny committee, said: “Research constantly shows that exercise such as cycling can have tremendous health benefits for all generations.
“I am pleased that there will be a greater opportunity for all Rugby residents to safely travel on their bikes and get fitter and healthier.”
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk for details of Rugby’s cycle paths.