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There was a flutter of excitement in St Asaph, reputed to be Britain's smallest city, as a crowd of locals gathered next to the Afon Elwy on a warm autumn morning to witness the latest stage of Denbighshire's strategy for encouraging cycling into the heart of the Vale of Clwyd. It was Thursday 20th September 07. In attendance were the local top brass, including Denbighshire's Chair, Cllr Ken Hawkins, and local county councillors Dewi Owens and John Arthur Smith.

The occasion was the bridging of the river Elwy with a half million pound cycle bridge, linking the centre of St Asaph to the cycle path network to the north of the county. In the near future this should lead to a direct cycle route along the east bank of the Afon Clwyd to the planned Rhyl Marina at the mouth of the river; this will encompass the nature reserve currently being created on the site of the former Rhyl corporation tip.

Roy Spilsbury, Vice Chair CTC Cymru, the Welsh region of the 70,000 member national cycling organisation in congratulating the county, said, 'There is a marked increase in the number of people wanting information on cycle routes, either for leisure, or everyday use - for instance riding to work or school, or just nipping down to the shops. This bridge is another important piece of the jigsaw which will see more people encouraged to leave their cars in the garage. Attractive, linked up cycle routes are essential if healthy commuting and green tourism are to flourish'

Denbighshire Chair, Councillor Ken Hawkins, supported by St asaph councillors John Arthur Smith and Dewi Owen with the project manager and Ian Bradfield standing on the new bridge

Denbighshire Chair, Cllr Ken Hawkins, supported by St Asaph Cllrs John Arthur Smith and Dewi Owens, with Rhys Thomas, project manager for Dawnus the contractor, and Ian Bradfield, principal engineer for Denbighshire


Roy Spilsbury of CTC Cymru congratulates Denbighshire Chair

Roy Spilsbury, CTC Cymru, warmly congratulates Denbighshire Chair, Cllr Ken Hawkins


Bridge being lifted into place. It will enable safe, traffic free cycling to Rhyddlan
The bridge will enable safe traffic-free cycling to Rhuddlan for young and old alike.


The press were in attendance

The press in attendance for a 'good news' story.


Cyclists on the new St Asaph cycle bridge

Friends from Rhyl, Amlwch, Deganwy, Penmaenmawr and Prestatyn approve greatly of this addition to their regular weekly rides, which set out from Colwyn Bay pier every Wednesday at 11am. Why not turn up yourself? These are just a handful of the full bunch of jolly bikies. Photo Eric Hughes Holyhead CC


Cllr John Vaughan chats on the cycle path with residents

Community councillor John Vaughan has recognised the need for a bridge for over 30 years.  His vision is now being appreciated by many.