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Residents get on their bikes for exercise

Residents in Swansea aiming to exercise through the coronavirus crisis have been getting on their bikes.

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While car numbers have reduced significantly, Swansea Council has monitored a doubling of cycle users on many sections of its cycle network around the city.

Electronic cycle counters installed along sections of cycle routes at Swansea Bay foreshore, Blackpill, Gowerton, Morfa and across the Tawe Sail Bridge have all recorded sharp increases in cyclists travelling the routes during April compared to figures recorded in March.

At Blackpill, during afternoon periods, cycle numbers have gone from 50 to around 140 cyclists per hour.  At Morfa, cyclist users have tripled from 10 per hour to 30.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "People in the city are taking the opportunity to exercise in line with the latest guidance on movement restrictions.

"Our Active Travel initiatives in recent years have led to an increase in the availability of off-road cycle and walking infrastructure across Swansea. It's reassuring to know the public are making use of this important transport network even while we are living in slightly difficult circumstances."

Most recently, the Council approved the spending of £2.7million of Welsh Government Active Travel funding to create new cycling and walking routes in parts of the city.

The funding is being used to create a new 2.7km route between Penllergaer and Llansamlet. Works have also been completed across Loughor Bridge to widen the route, creating a shared use path for cyclists and walkers.

Cllr Thomas added: "The latest works have been progressing well, although we have stopped temporarily due to the coronavirus issues. We hope to be back up and running as soon as we are allowed to."

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