Canal-side Sky Ride

Summer cyclists have been making the most of the new Canal-side cycling and walking route created as part of The Bridgwater Way.

Two free, guided Sky Rides took place on Sunday along the mile-long section of improved Bridgwater and Taunton Canal path from Hamp Bridge to Albert Road and more are available throughout the summer.

Widened, well-lit and well-signed, the towpath is now a valuable route into the town centre for those who want to leave the car at home but are not comfortable cycling or walking along the busy A38 Taunton Road.

Councillor Harvey Siggs, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s great see people making the most of the new routes which are gradually making the town a easier, safer place to walk and cycle.

“This route means you can avoid the main road and I hope it encourages more and more people to think about leaving the car at home when they travel to work, school or college.”

The guided Sky Rides are taking place every Sunday throughout the summer for cyclists of all abilities and experience. For more information http://www.goskyride.com

Creating safe routes and providing guided rides are just some of the initiatives organised by The Bridgwater Way, funded by the Department for Transport. The project aims to transform travel in the town, making it easier and safer to walk or cycle.

As well as developing miles of new or improved cycle paths, TBW is working with residents, businesses and schools to promote safer travel. The project is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.

For more information www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk