Like many others, I have been away on my summer hols for the past couple of weeks and I would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Fran for producing the weekly newsletter whilst I was away.
Cycling in Holland was a revelation: the level of infrastructure that they have for cyclists and pedestrians is amazing. There are well maintained, clearly signed cycle routes throughout the country and as a result the Dutch cycle everywhere, all the time – to the shops, to work, to school, for leisure, lycra-clad or dressed for dinner, with children in front or behind (sometimes both), with dogs in baskets, with trailers in front or behind, on their own, in tandem, even with a large suitcase perched on the crossbar! There are 23 million bikes in Holland and in total they cycle 15 billion kilometres a year. The mantra ‘Build it and they will use it’ is only too true and the example of Holland shows what a difference could be made to levels of congestion and emissions in this country if the investment in cycle paths were made here.
There is plenty going on in Herefordshire over the summer holidays – read on to find out more. It is especially encouraging to see the younger generation taking the initiative: there is an event at The Courtyard organised by two young people and aimed at 11-16 year olds.