Labour Councillor James Valentine has welcomed the proposal to allow cyclists to use pedestrian areas in Bedford town centre between 6pm and 9am.
Councillor Valentine said: “Most people who wish to cycle through the town centre at these times are commuting to or from work in local businesses. Many of them are cycling to or from Bedford Station. They aren’t tearaways; they're respectable citizens seeking to earn an honest living. The vast majority of cyclists are considerate to pedestrians, and it is safer for them to avoid unnecessarily riding on congested roads during the rush hour.
There is presently a daily gridlock of vehicle traffic outside Bedford Station at peak hours of morning and evening. Wouldn’t it be better to try to to ease this chaos by encouraging people to cycle? Improving cycle routes right up to Bedford Station and allowing common sense access through the town centre is crucial for commuters.
These measures would be to the benefit of cyclists and to the whole community by easing traffic flow and pollution levels.”