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Stafford borough residents urged to get in the saddle

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

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PEOPLE are being urged to enjoy the outdoors this spring by taking part in a free county council-led cycling initiative.

The INTO (Inspiring New Travel Options) project aims to encourage more people to take up cycling and other forms of alternative transport. Initially operating in Stafford and Newcastle, it is hope the initiative will expand into other areas.

People will be able to learn to ride and become more confident on their bike by taking part in the cycle classes and cycling challenge, which are held at Beaconside Sport Centre in Stafford. The next cycle class starts on Thursday April 3 and sessions will take place each Thursday throughout the month from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The next ten-week cycling challenge starts on Saturday May 31. Bikes can be loaned but need to be pre-booked.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economy and infrastructure Mark Winnington said: “We’re always looking to improve cycle routes to give people an alternative option to travel and also improve their health. The INTO cycle courses and ten-week cycle challenge are a great way for people to get into cycling and are also great fun. It’s a good time of year to start with lighter evenings so I’d urge people to sign up. The INTO project supports the county council’s priorities by improving people’s health and providing better transport links.”

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