July 14, 2011 2.48 pm This story is over 148 months old

Fun day for cycle track opening planned

Cycle path: A new walkway will connect Lincoln and Saxilby up without needing to cross too many roads.

A new cycle track along Fossdyke Canal, linking Saxilby to Lincoln, is nearing completion.

On July 26, the Fossdyke Canal Trail will be officially opened, with celebrations at The Woodcocks and Burton Waters Marina between 11am and 3pm.

Councillor Eddy Poll, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “Whether you’re commuting to work or enjoying a bike ride with your family, the Fossdyke Canal Trail provides a safe route with great views of the Lincolnshire countryside.

“Cycling brings many benefits – it helps you stay fit, can cut your travel costs and reduces your carbon footprint.

“Hopefully, this new track will encourage even more people to give it a go. I know residents in Saxilby and Burton Waters have been looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition, and, after a lot of hard work, we’re finally there.”

The pathway project was jointly-funded by Lincolnshire County Council, East Midlands Development Agency and Beal Homes.

At the opening event, the Fire Brigade Preservation Services will show off their vintage fire engine at The Woodcocks.

Children can also take part in a treasure hunt quiz, and families can enjoy cycling proficiency taster sessions or bike decorating.

Dr Bike will be on hand to give bikes a health check, and Bike4Life will have bicycles to test, including models for those with disabilities.

At The Landings promenade at Burton Waters Marina, there will be stalls selling everything from cupcakes to vegetable boxes, and plants and vegetables grown by local children.

Beal homes will have a caricaturist for entertainment, and kids can design their dream bedroom for a competition.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council