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Editorial comment: Reap the rewards of super-cycles

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 October 2017

The launch of the Biking Riverside project at the Rivergate Centre in August. Picture: KEN MEARS

The launch of the Biking Riverside project at the Rivergate Centre in August. Picture: KEN MEARS

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There’s never been a better time for residents to adopt a new mode of transport by taking up cycling.

The popularity of cycling has shot up everywhere in recent years, none more so than the capital and its boroughs.

Boris’ bikes may have been the trigger a few years back, but now transport authorities have recognised the importance of supporting cycling, by introducing networks and ‘superhighways’ through parks, paths and streets.

In this borough, residents can look forward to a new quietway which will link Barking town centre with Cycle Superhighway 3 via the backstreets by the River Roding.

There are many reasons why cycling networks appeal – should people begin to choose cycling as their top mode of transport, it will go some way to tackle the ongoing issues of congestion and pollution in our streets and communities. It is also cheap, accessible and convenient.

There are also clear health benefits – cycling, even just at the weekend as a hobby, promotes active living and could help tackle the growing obesity issues in the borough.

It is also a fun social activity – for family and friends to enjoy together.

The sticking point for some is the relationship between motorists and cyclists – and ensuring there is harmony and more importantly, safety, on the streets. The quietways will help address this – but whether you’re behind a wheel, or on two wheels, people should adopt a position of mutual respect.

With this in mind, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to hop on a bike and reap the rewards.

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