21st Jul, 2019

Get on your bikes for Worcester's new Cycling Heritage Trail

RESIDENTS’ feedback is being sought on a new heritage cycle trail around Worcester.

Worcester Civic Society chairman Phil Douce was joined by Green city councillors Neil Laurenson (Battenhall) and Louis Stephen (St Stephen) and Worcestershire County Councillor Matthew Jenkins (St Stephen) for the ride.

The trail, using a web-based map accessible by any smartphone, takes cyclists around the different sites, providing information on each one through texts, pictures and video.

The idea was originally proposed by a group which included Mr Douce back in March 2016 and has been developed by the Green Party councillors.

When the trail is completed it is hoped it will bring tourists to the city and act as a successful follow-up to the giraffe trail.

The councillors said it could boost residents’ health thorough the exercise and support the local businesses which are en route, such as pubs and restaurants.

Mr Douce said: “I’m glad that we can now move forward with this project. Using a web-based solution will be a flexible way to get this project started.”

Coun Stephen added because it used the web for the information, rather than physical boards being installed along the route, there were almost no upfront costs.

“We also used free software to create the route map,” he added.

The new website www.heritagetrailworcester.org.uk/ is currently at an early stage of development but is open to members of the public to review and provides more information.

Worcester Civic Society will now be compiling more information for the site and it is hoped it will be ready to be used fully by the public in a few months time.

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