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Council gearing up to get more people cycling

A bike ride through a forest Credit: Press Association Images

Councillors in Basingstoke are meeting today to discuss plans aimed at encouraging more people to use their bikes.

If approved the town will create more cycle routes better linked to new developments.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council believes the scheme would see the number of cyclists double.

We will be giving local people the option to get fitter by leaving the car at home and cycling to work or for leisure, while at the same time; they will be contributing to a more sustainable local transport system. This will bring lots of benefits, including the promotion of renewable and green transport. Roads will be less congested and people will make savings on transport costs.

We are pro-walking, cycling, horse-riding and motorcycling as well as using the car, and this strategy will give people choices."

– Cllr Mark Ruffell, Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure

Martine supports the Big Bike Revival

Many people have an old, neglected bike gathering dust in the garage or the garden shed. But despite 40% of people owning a bike, only 2% actually cycle regularly.

One person who does is actress and singer Martine McCutcheon, who supports a project called the Big Bike Revival. Last year dozens of cycle centres hosted two weeks of events aimed at getting more people to cycle.

It was so successful, the government's funding it again this year. Emma Wilkinson reports from the Guildford Bike Project in Surrey.

Interviewees: Paul Tuohy (CTC, the national cycling charity); Robert Goodwill MP (cycling minister); Martine McCutcheon; Jim Philpott-Saunders (Workshop supervisor at the Guildford Bike Project); Trevor Strudwick (Volunteer at the Guildford Bike Project).

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Cyclists in Women's Tour prepare to ride through region

When it comes to cycling, our region is well and truly on the map. Last year the Tour of Britain saw the world's best male riders racing right through the South - and now, it's the women's turn.

The Women's Tour comes to the Thames Valley next week. Stage 5 of the race starts in Marlow and ends in Hemel Hempstead - crossing the Chiltern Hills on the way. Sarah Cooper reports.

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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.

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