A NEW action group is being set up for Middlewich cyclists to have their say on the town’s facilities and encourage more people to get peddling.

Middlewich Cycling Action Group (MCAG) is looking for people of all ages and abilities.

So whether you are looking to take the kids out for a family ride, commute to work or are interested in becoming the next Bradley Wiggins, the team would love to hear from you.

The group’s first meeting is on Tuesday, January 22, from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Boar’s Head in Kinderton Street.

David Williams, who helped establish the team, said: “Middlewich offers some great cycling, particularly along the upgraded canal towpaths and there are national and regional cycle routes that run through the town.

“So this group wants to make residents more aware of what is available and to encourage more people to get on their bike.

“It’s a great way of getting fit without forking out for gym memberships and you could also save a packet on petrol.

“We want real improvements in the roads and cycle paths around the town and working with Cheshire East Council to create routes that cyclists can use without having to go on busy roads.”

MCAG has ties with South East Cheshire Cycling Action Group, which covers Middlewich, Alsager, Congleton, Holmes Chapel and Sandbach.

Working alongside Middlewich Vision, the group’s current goals include developing a cycling map of safe routes to schools, shops and neighbouring towns.

The team will be putting the spotlight on existing cycle routes, working with Cheshire East Council to develop new routes and campaigning for extensions to the upgraded canal towpaths to make off-road cycling to Winsford, Northwich and Sandbach a reality.

MCAG will also be organising family bikes rides as part of Middlewich Community Day on May 11 and will link in with Middlewich Transport Festival in July.

David Buckley said: “I commute every day by bike to get to Midpoint 18 and I’d like to see a route for cyclists that takes us away from Lewin Street and Holmes Chapel Road.

“At the moment I have to negotiate muddy paths and lift my bike over a gate to stay away from these very busy roads.”

Paul Mottram added: “I cycle to Sandbach and have been really affected by the street light switch off on Booth lane.

“I want the council to be doing more to make cycling safe and this new action group will help highlight what is needed”.

For more information contact David Williams on 01606 83 5485 or MiddlewichCAG@groups.facebook.com or Alison Roylance-White on 01606 841 379 or vision@middlewich.org.uk