September 28th, 2016

New canal side cycle route paves the way for city cyclists and walkers

New canal side cycle route paves the way for city cyclists and walkers New canal side cycle route paves the way for city cyclists and walkers
L ro R: Andrew Morris, Customer Operations Manager for the Canal & River Trust; Coun Rachel Lancaster; and Simon Papprill, Canal & River Trust Enterprise Manager. s
Updated: 10:01 am, Oct 02, 2015

COVENTRY’S cyclists and walkers will now be able to enjoy a traffic-free route into the heart of the city centre thanks to a new canal-side path.

The 2.5km stretch of towpath between Coventry canal basin and Stoke Heath has been resurfaced and made wider as part of £470,000 project carried out in partnership by the Canal & River Trust, Coventry City Council and Centro.

The new all-weather path links up with a previously improved section of towpath from Hawkesbury Junction into the city centre – providing an 8km car-free route for cyclists and walkers to get close to nature and explore their local history whilst making their way into the city.

The developments are part of the £7 million Cycle Coventry project which aims to help connect residents to employment, education and training in the city by providing improved cycle routes and infrastructure.

Charlotte Atkins, Chair of the Canal & River Trust’s Central Shires Waterway Partnership, said it was fantastic to see the new path open and available for the public to enjoy.

She added: “What could be better as you make your way to work or the shops than taking a fresh perspective of the city, enjoying the fresh air, seeing the wildlife around you and exploring your local heritage?

“The canal is a wonderful place for the local community to escape to and hopefully this project will enable more people to discover what’s on their doorstep.”

More information on The Canal & River Trust’s website at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/