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Cycling group meet to continue its campaign for a safe route for A259

The second Chemroute ride took place on Sunday with a good turnout.


The aim of the ride is to continue to campaign for a safe, segregated cycle route along the A259. Chemroute is a project/campaign to provide safe, segregated and direct cycling provision between Chichester and Emsworth.


Sarah Sharp, city and district councillor for Chichester South and founder of ChiCycle, said: “We are putting a lot of effort into planning a very special Easter ride which falls in the Easter holidays on April 19.


“We are in touch with the local Co-op where Gina worked (a cyclist who died in an accident on the A259 Fishbourne Road West at the junction with Salthill Road, Chichester) and they have promised to support our Easter ride with Easter eggs for the children.


“Meanwhile, we are waiting eagerly to hear from Highways England and the county council about what has been included in the feasibility study soon to be published – we were originally told that the study would be out by now.


“We desperately need a safe route along this busy road. We hope that the authorities have got the message that the Chemroute needs to be built as a beacon path – only the very best design of a safe, protected path will encourage people to reduce their reliance on their cars.”


The next meeting of the Chemroute campaign team will be Sunday at 6pm in the Woolpack Inn, Fishbourne. The next ride is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, meeting at Fishbourne Roman Palace at 1.45pm for a ride to Bosham.

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