A local cycling community has launched a campaign titled ‘Winchester Cycling Charter’, with the aim of making Winchester a better place to live by encouraging more locals to start cycling.
According to the Cycling Charter website: ‘ Cycling can make a significant contribution to tackling many of the pressing problems currently facing society: widespread obesity, mental health issues, congested cities, air pollution and poor quality of life.’
The website has a section dedicated to all the evidence that the group collected to support their cause. Including how cycling can ‘provide a positive stimulus to businesses and the economy and make places more attractive to live, to work and to visit.’
Rob Jordan, a representative from Cycle Winchester, told Winol: ‘The Charter was publicly launched on Feb 18th, but represents several months of prior work, gathering evidence to support the benefits of cycling to the city.’
After collecting all the evidence, they created the website and invited a few ‘leading Winchester organisations to become founding signatories’, according to Mr Jordan.
An announcement about the charter’s launch was posted onto the Cycle Winchester facebook page, where they stated: ‘Twenty, high-profile, local organisations have already signed the Charter pre-launch.’
Winchester Cathedral and The University of Winchester were among the first to sign the charter.
‘Since launch we have gained more organisations and almost 200 individual supporters, mostly through word-of-mouth and personal networks.’
The most recent local organisations to sign include, Zedify and New Energy Fitness.
Mr Jordan told Winol: ‘We are hoping that Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council will officially become supporters; it’s absolutely aligned with their respective policies on increasing active travel and tackling the climate emergency.’