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Map of Tour of Britain, passing through region

Stage 6 of The Tour of Britain whisked along the A338 to Hungerford, along the A4, skimming Newbury - heading past East Illsley, To Wantage, past Didcot and Wallingford to Stokenchurch - ending in Hemel Hempstead 128 miles later.

Tourism chiefs hope it will do the same for the region as the Tour de France did for Yorkshire.

World's top cyclists ride through our region

The Tour of Britain is in our region Credit: PA

Some of the world's top cyclists - including Sir Bradley Wiggins- have raced through South Oxfordshire today.

The Tour of Britain whisked along the A338 to Hungerford, along the A4, skimming Newbury - heading past East Illsley, to Wantage, past Didcot and Wallingford, to Stokenchurch in Bucks - ending in Hemel Hempstead 128 miles later.

A huge operation was mounted to close roads and put up signs and bunting. Tourism Chiefs hope it'll do the same for the region as the Tour de France did for Yorkshire.

Football fans cycle to away games for charity

Groups of football fans from Portsmouth and Salisbury football clubs have undertaken special cycle rides to raise money for their chosen charity after coming together through their mutual appreciation of football.

Instead of taking the usual form of transport to the football matches, both sets of fans decided to cycle to the away games and raise money for charities in the meantime.

Car drives off after clipping cyclist in Copthorne

A cyclist training for the London to Brighton bike ride was knocked off his bike by a car, which then drove off.

The 23-year-old man from Horley was cycling with a friend on Wednesday evening when he was hit by a black Peugeot's wing mirror.

It happened at the Duke's Head roundabout in Copthorne Common Road at around 6:25pm.

The car stopped briefly but then drove off.

The victim was taken to East surrey Hospital where he was treated for a broken collarbone.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 1203 of 16/04.

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Improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities in Poole

Works to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities for a busy section of road in Poole have progressed to the next stage.The initial stage of work to West Street has been completed on time with only minimal disruption to road users.

The second phase of the programme, involves improvements to the junction by the Queen Mary pub. The current traffic signals will be replaced with low voltage and energy efficient equipment. In addition new controlled pedestrian crossing facilities will be provided on each approach to the junction.

A zebra crossing by Lovetts Lane will also be installed and these works are scheduled to be completed by March.The junction will be controlled with temporary traffic signals for up to two weeks. The temporary traffic signals are likely to be in place in February 2014.

During the summer we asked local people to comment on two proposals designed to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety on this busy road. I am delighted that we have been able to start these works this year. We recognise that there will be some disruption to road users during this next phase of works and would like to thank drivers for their patience while these important works are carried out."

– Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder

Car trying to beat level crossing barrier hits cyclist

A car knocked a cyclist off his bike whilst trying to jump the level crossing at Purfleet.

British Transport Police are appealing for witness who may have seen the incident happen on Friday 23rd August.

PC Maria Wheele, the investigating officer said, "The cyclist was approaching the level crossing on London Road, next to the station, around 12:20pm as the crossing lights began to flash.

"A silver vehicle then followed closely behind and began to speed up in an attempt to beat the lowering barrier.

"The driver clipped the side of the cyclist, knocking him to the floor before continuing on."

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident B5/LNA of 02/09/2013.

New Forest cycling get £3.6m boost

The new scheme will encourage families to cycle in the New Forest Credit: New Forest National Park authority

A family cycling scheme in the New Forest National Park has been awarded £3.6m by the government.

The money will help to create more than 30 jobs and boost the local economy.

The New Forest National Park will benefit from a share of the Department for Transport's £17m funding.

The government's money will be matched with £2.2m from the private sector and local authorities.

The proposed projects for the park will promote active family lifestyles, respect the character of the New Forest

The Department for Transport said the New Forest National Park Authority was given funding because its proposal was innovative, creative and achievable by March 2015.

Barry Rickman, leader of New Forest District Council, said: "Cycling already provides support to the New Forest’s economy and with it the creation of associated employment. Cycling already provides support to the New Forest’s economy and with it the creation of associated employment.

"We are pleased that this economic growth opportunity is recognised within the scheme and that plans are in place throughout the towns and villages that make up the forest’s local community."

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