Porthcawl cycle route plans to be unveiled – Glamorgan Gem

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

By Philip Irwin

Residents, visitors and businesses are invited to find out more about the new cycle route that will be developed along Porthcawl’s seafront in time for the 2016 summer holidays.

From Friday, September 18 until early October, displays detailing the route and plans for a new bike hire facility will be available for people to browse at the Grand Pavilion, Trecco Bay Holiday Park and the cycling-themed Broom Wagon Café on New Road.

The scheme will improve conditions for walkers and cyclists so that users of the route which already runs between Rest Bay and Mallard Way can continue their journeys all the way around to Trecco Bay.

The route will use the lower promenade between the Seabank Hotel and the RNLI Station, before passing the marina and following the Eastern Promenade. It will then travel along New Road and across the Sandy Bay Caravan Park before finishing at Trecco Bay Holiday Park.

A BCBC spokesman said: “The 4km route will not only be used for leisure, but it will also encourage ‘active travel’ by making it easier for people to walk or cycle their everyday journeys, such as to school or work, by enhancing the links to local attractions, facilities and businesses.

“The route will be dotted with bike racks along the way, and there will also be facilities to hire bikes, similar to how the famous ‘Boris Bikes’ are leased in London.

“As well as being invited to view the plans whenever they wish, residents are also able to discuss the scheme by talking to project officers who will be on hand at the following times: Friday, September 18, 10am–4pm, Trecco Holiday Park reception; Thursday, September 24, 4pm–6pm, Grand Pavilion; Friday, October 2, 10am–1pm, Broom Wagon Café, New Road; Friday, October 2, 2pm–4pm, Grand Pavilion.

A presentation and Q&A session will also be held at the Grand Pavilion at 6pm on Thursday, September 24, while further information can also be requested by emailing tourism@bridgend.gov.uk.

Coun Charles Smith, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Bridgend County Borough Council is delivering this project with the Bridgend Tourism Association and has been awarded funding from the Coastal Communities Fund. We’re excited to see how this development will make it easier for people to choose an active form of travel, helping day-trips and holidays in Porthcawl to move up another gear.

“I would encourage local residents to have a look at the plans and take the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.”

The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Bridgend county borough residents are also reminded that they have until Friday, October 23 to give their views on existing walking and cycling routes, and how local routes should be developed in the future by taking part in the council’s ‘Active Travel 2015’ consultation at www.bridgend.gov.uk/consultation.

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