Cyclists tell Tonbridge ‘Let’s Go Dutch’

    Mike Westphal, Emma Metcalfe, Anthony Bales, Denis Buckley, Matt Turner, Rob Seall

    A NEW two-wheeled pressure group has launched in the town and its members are keen for people to pick up a few habits from across the channel.

    The Tonbridge Bicycle Users Group argue that there needs to be a ‘radical rethink’ of transport in Kent to make cycling safer, in order to prevent further gridlock on the roads as well reducing air pollution and promoting exercise.

    Matt Turner who recently returned to live in Tonbridge after cycling around Europe spoke of the ‘excellent cycle provision which makes it safe for children to cycle to school alone’ in the Netherlands, at an event at Ye Olde Chequers Inn.

    A spokesperson for the group, Fran Long, said: “It is so safe [in the Netherlands] that people do not feel it necessary to wear cycle helmets and high visibility jackets.

    “In contrast, many children in Tonbridge are driven to school, although many parents say that they would allow their children to cycle if only the roads were safer.”

    The group are now looking at ways to make alternatives to driving more attractive in the town to decrease the prevalence of cars on the road.

    Anybody interested in safer cycling or walking in the town can join a Facebook group called Tonbridge Bicycle Users Group.