Estate speedsters spark cycling plea

Frank Gordon, Julie Sandham and Christine Phillips outside West View Community Centre, Fleetwood, where a bicycle workshop is to be held.

Frank Gordon, Julie Sandham and Christine Phillips outside West View Community Centre, Fleetwood, where a bicycle workshop is to be held.

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Concerns about speeding traffic on a Fleetwood estate have prompted a road safety event for cyclists.

Residents on the town’s West View estate say some motorists are not adhering to the 20mph limit on Chatsworth Avenue, the estate’s main road.

So housing group Regenda, together with other agencies, have organised a bicycle workshop which will encourage people to get their bikes checked for brakes and lights and promote road safety for children and adults.

The event takes place at West View Community Centre, Eden Avenue, on Tuesday October 28, from noon to 3pm.

Fleetwood Police will have PCSOs on hand to give out advice about being seen on the roads now that winter is drawing in, and they will also have luminous pens for those who want to have their bikes security-marked. The bicycle workshop is one of a number of project which Regenda is staging as part of a wider, on-going scheme to improve Fleetwood’s biggest housing estate, where it has a large number of properties.

Tracey McNamara, the community development manager helping to deliver many of these projects, said: “The workshop has several aims. It will encourage some people to get their bikes out of the shed and get them fixed, and it will help regular cyclists get their bikes properly roadworthy if they need it. But there is a road safety aspect as well, because residents have raised concerns about fast traffic on Chatsworth Avenue. Several children cycle to school and parents want to ensure they stay safe.”

A ‘bike doctor’ will be on hand to carry out minor repairs free of charge, and replace parts at minimal cost.

West View Community Centre volunteer Julie Sandham said: “Fast traffic on Chatsworth Avenue is an issue so this event will encourage young cyclists to stay safe.”