RESIDENTS across Stafford, Stone and Rugeley have been getting on their bikes as part of the biggest nationwide cycling campaign. National Bike Week, which began on Monday, aims to promote cycling and health bosses at Staffordshire County Council want to see more people on their bikes. Mark Winnington, cabinet member for economy and infrastructure at Staffordshire County Council, said: “We want to see more people on their bikes and that is why we are investing in our cycleways, and cycle training. This is the perfect week to give it a go and I would like to see as many people as possible take part in the campaign and reap the many health benefits of cycling.” The NCN55 Millennium Way cycleway linking Newport and Stafford will soon see work start on a final section near Gnosall, with investment of £300,000. In Stafford town an investment of £1.5m is also funding a new bridge across the River Sow, providing a safe cycle and walking route for the first time between Baswich and Tixall Road. In Rugeley £200,000 has been spent creating a new shared footway and cycleway along Western Springs Road, linking the local Heritage Trail to the town centre, while also upgrading an existing Puffin crossing to a Toucan, with a further £100,000 earmarked.