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Good News for Rhyl and Kinmel Bay

Chile cyclists and members of public on bridge watch Welsh minister congratulate chair of Denbighshire

Ann Jones AM and Chris Ruane MP look on at Rhyl as Cllr Tom Parry, Chair, Denbighshire CC is congratulated by Andrew Davies AM. Photo: Barry Hamilton Photography 01745 570342 / 07778 503745

    With child and adult obesity levels threatening to get out of control, Denbighshire and Conwy County Borough Council are pressing forward with their plans to create conditions in which more people will be encouraged to take up cycling as a part of healthier lifestyles. Daily exercise is not the total solution, but it certainly helps. And it makes you feel good too!

    On the principle that good habits should ideally be formed in childhood, both local authorities have just launched two pedestrian/cyclist pathways over rail crossing bridges.

    Located in Tynewydd Road, Rhyl, and St Asaph Avenue, Kinmel Bay, these crossings had for several years become unacceptably hazardous for cycling and walking due to the growth in motor traffic.

Primary school pupils with cycles and staff at opening of bridge at Rhyl

Staff & Pupils of Ysgol Mair Primary flanked by CTC Cymru members before the opening at Rhyl   Photo: CTC Cymru

    Funded by Welsh Assembly Government Transport Grants under its Safe Routes to School policy, it is expected that these developments will not only enable pupils to walk or cycle to school in greater safety, but also encourage more adults to leave their cars in the garage and help reduce the congestion on the road.

    Andrew Davies, Minister for Economic Development & Transport at the Welsh Assembly Government officially declared both projects open on Thursday 23rd October 03. He was supported by senior representatives of both local authorities and CTC Cymru, the Welsh wing of the 70,000 member national cyclists organisation.


Cutting the tape at Kinmel Bay bridge

Andrew Davies AM cuts the tape at Kinmel Bay with Cllr Christine Jones, Chair Conwy CBC and Gareth Parry Mayor of Kinmel Bay also in attendance. Photo: Barry Hamilton Photography 01745 570342 / 07778 503745

    In a later statement CTC Cymru warmly congratulated the Officers and Members involved in the projects, but pointed out that these were relatively minor details in a much wider strategic vision for safe routes throughout the whole community.