Borough council leaders have defended their record on encouraging cycling in Lynn in the wake of criticism from lobby groups.
Last week, campaigners warned that the town risked being left behind if more wasn’t done to encourage people to use their bikes and calledon both West Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council to do more to tackle the issue.
But Elizabeth Nockolds, the council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, insisted that the authority was doing its bit.
She said: “We do encourage people to cycle. It’s always on the agenda.”
Officials from the King’s Lynn Bicycle Users’ Group and the cycling charity CTC have called for the borough and county authorities to draw up a detailed transport strategy with cycling at its heart, improved training and facilities for riders, plus a 20 miles per hour speed limit in built-up areas.
The groups spoke out following the announcement of £148 million worth of government investment to promote cycling in cities across England, including more than £3 million which is to be spent in Norwich.
Mrs Nockolds admitted securing funding for cycling initiatives was challenging, but said the borough and county authorities worked well together to encourage cycling.
She pointed out that legacy money from the Tour of Britain’s visit to the borough in 2011 had been used to employ a development officer to work on ways of encouraging young people to cycle, which had been successful.
She added: “I’m a keen cyclist myself. I use my bike as much as possible and we have some really good routes in the town.”
She also pointed out that new cycle racks will be installed in the Tuesday Market Place as part of the ongoing regeneration works.
And she defended the council’s plan to build a new road along the cycle route between Edward Benefer Way and Lynnsport, which campaigners claimed were a downgrading of cycling provision.
The plan, which was part of a larger proposal to build hundreds of new homes in the area, failed to secure government funding earlier this year.
But Mrs Nockolds said “Just because the route is being changed doesn’t mean there won’t be a route.”