Lincolnshire

Hykeham school children open new cycle path

School children in Lincolnshire have helped open a new cycle path as part of a sustainable transport project.

Work has seen an existing foot path next to Mill Lane in South Hykeham, near Lincoln, widened and marked.

The scheme is part of the £6.5m Access LN6 project, which aims to promote non-car journeys in the area.

Officials from the county council said some cycle routes had seen doubling of journeys in the past year and they hoped to continue that trend.

Children from South Hykeham Primary School travelled along the 1.2 mile (1.9km) route and were given free cycle lights and high-visibilty jackets.

Richard Davies, the county council's executive councillor for highways and transportation, said: "Twelve months ago, if you tried to walk here you were so close to the road, the pavement was so narrow that it was really quite dangerous at points.

"Now it is wide and it is safe and already we can see that a lot more people are using it."

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