Posted: 22.05.20 at 14:38 by Joe Macey
As part of the national No Going Back campaign, Extinction Rebellion members are demanding more and safer cycle lanes in Cornwall.
As part of the national action, concerned residents have chalk painted bike logos and messages on the streets of Penryn and Truro.
They are calling upon the Council and highways to provide more cycle routes and clearly marked cycle lanes at junctions and on roads, to aid people travelling around the Cornwall in a safer way in accordance with government lockdown guidelines.
This will have the added benefits of reducing air pollution and encouraging healthy exercise.
Cycling has been highlighted as a preferred mode of transport in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic as the Government eases the lockdown, with many bike shops selling out of cycles.
Steve Massey owner of Falmouth Cycles says:
"We've never been so busy. Our sales have quadrupled over the last couple of months, interest in cycling has gone through the roof."
But without effective lane division and with more fossil fuel-powered vehicles moving around with the easing of lockdown it has become once again a more dangerous activity.
Joe Trevelyan, a resident of Truro said:
"Since lockdown, I’ve been able to go out on my bike for short trips in town with my children for the first time, it’s been great being able to do our shopping using bikes not a car – sadly we will be unable to continue to cycle safely as the provision of bike lanes is just so poor and there’s too much traffic."