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Newark could soon be a 20-minute cycle town with £200,000 investment

More than £200,000 is set to be invested into making Newark a cycle town.

Plans for the Cycle Town Project, which would use money from the Newark Towns Fund, would see the creation of several bicycle hubs in the town — offering bikes out to hire.

The project is guided by the principle of a 20-minute town — detailed in Newark and Sherwood District Council’s town improvement plan — which would provide affordable bike hire for residents, employers and employees in what is said to be a shift in connectivity through walking and cycling.

District council leader David Lloyd puts a Brompton Bike to the test.
District council leader David Lloyd puts a Brompton Bike to the test.

Proposed sites for the hubs include Newark Northgate Station, Castle House, Newark Bus Station and the town centre.

There would be discounted community memberships to support enhanced mobility of the most under-represented and economically-deprived communities — the district council’s social mobility was ranked one of the worst nationally.

The basis of the project has been shaped through discussions with Brompton Bike Hire.

Newark and Sherwood District Council logo (46313641)
Newark and Sherwood District Council logo (46313641)

However, the council will seek a service operator that will work in partnership with the authority and the Towns Fund Board to deliver a scheme that meets Newark’s requirements and contributes to the town’s investment plan and vision for greater connectivity.

If approved, the project would further offer bikeability training to equip people with the skills needed to ride confidently, as well as working with other partners to support group activities and other cycling-focused events — such as national cycle races — to raise the profile of cycling in Newark.

Early discussions with large employers in the area have revealed a positive response to the proposals, according to council documents.

The project would sit alongside work already under way with Nottinghamshire County Council and the D2N2 LEP, focusing on cycling routes and associated infrastructure detailed in the county’s local cycling and walking infrastructure plan.

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