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THIS STORY LAST UPDATED: 27 January 2004 1755 GMT
Chippenham cyclists get their hearing
Cycle sculpture Chippenham cyclists are now able to express their views on facilities in and around the town at a new forum run by Wiltshire County Council.

The cycle liaison panel will give cyclists an opportunity to voice their opinions on current facilities and plans for improvements.

Riders will be able to tell the county council what facilities or improvements they think would help to make cycling easier, safer and more enjoyable in and around the county town.

North Wiltshire Dictrict Council Offices
North Wiltshire Dictrict Council Offices.

The County Council will be running the meetings at North Wilts District Council's office at Monkton Park every three months, starting Tuesday, January 27.

The sessions will run from 5.30pm until 7pm.

Experts from Wiltshire County Council and North Wilts District Council will be on hand to answer any questions.

The forum is open to all new and existing cyclists and cyclists' groups, such as the Chippenham Wheelers. Anyone wanting to take up riding but worried about how to go about it is also welcome.

Bill Prendergast, Travelwise manager at Wiltshire County Council, said: "It is very important for the county council to talk to cyclists and to listen to them.

"It is always useful to share knowledge and find out what cyclists think about cycling facilities in the county and what improvements they would like to see.

Cyclists in Wiltshire"Working together we can hopefully increase cycling and reduce the number of car trips, especially those under two to three miles in length."

The county council has already held a new panel in Trowbridge, following on from the long established successful group in Salisbury.

There are plans to start cycle liaison panels in many of Wiltshire's other towns this year, including Devizes on February 25 and Melksham after Easter.

Key outcomes of November's meeting in Trowbridge were a review of cycle signing and line markings in Town Park being requested and three important link schemes being endorsed by the panel, including between Gloucester Road and Pitman Avenue, and in the Wingfield Road area.

• For more information cyclists should email or phone Kevin O'Connor at the County Council on 01225 713404.
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