Yateley does not appear to have any dedicated cycle paths at the moment, but there are some quieter cycle routes available, and some excellent tracks on the common.
Hello, today I want to talk to you about cycling but first I will introduce myself to you. I am Pam Phelps-Jones, town councillor and I have lived in Yateley for nearly 30 years. I am a middle-aged woman who acknowledges that exercise is an important part of keeping well, both physically and mentally. The last time I ever really tried cycling was a long time ago and ended in disaster when I tried to cycle to work and was knocked off my bike by a car; fortunately, not seriously injured but lost my confidence and despite the environmental advantages to cycling, I bought a car and drove to work. (Happily, I now walk to work).
Right, back to cycling. During the first lockdown, I was encouraged to get my bike out of the garage; pump up the tyres and buy a new safety helmet. What else? The quietness of the roads was the major factor in getting me back on my pushbike. I’ll admit it, cycling on busy roads scares me. Cars are big and fast and the bike doesn’t have many protective features! However, cycling is a good way to get around; it’s healthy and good for the environment – isn’t it? Therefore, I want to use this space to pass on routes where we can relatively safely reach a destination using the roads as little as possible; enjoy the locality, get some exercise and avoid driving.
I also invite others to contribute ideas and local routes that can be enjoyed as safely as possible. Of course, I have to add a disclaimer to this, I am not a transport expert and everyone must take responsibility for their own safety at all times. But if we can all use our bikes safely more often, I think there will be benefits for ourselves, the community and the environment.