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Get on bike to better health; SANDWELL.

Byline: By Tony Deeley

LEISURE bosses in Sandwell today urged people to get "on their bikes" after installing cycle racks at their centres.

The racks have been installed at leisure centres throughout the borough as part of the West Midlands Local Transport Plan.

The move was welcomed as part of Sandwell Council's Travel Wise campaign, which aims to cut congestion and pollution by encouraging sensible use of the car and promoting alternative ways to travel.

Wayne Moore, transportation planning assistant, said cycling was a cheap and healthy way of getting around. "As part of the West Midlands Local Transport Plan, Sandwell Council has and will continue to enhance and improve the local cycle network and associated facilities to encourage cycling throughout the borough," he said.

"The provision of cycle parking is an ongoing process and penny-farthing cycle stands can be seen in town centres throughout Sandwell.

"It is also important to provide cycle parking facilities at buildings that are used by the local community. Leisure centres are an obvious location, as cycling to and from these buildings can enhance physical fitness."

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CYCLE FANS... from left, Wayne Moore and Kelly Darby from Sandwell MBC Transportation and Planning with Leisure Attendant Dave Aston.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 19, 2006
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