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Campaigners' plaudits for cyclist-friendly supermarket in Chester

Published date: 22 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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CHESTER'S most ‘cycle-friendly’ supermarket has been named – as well as the one with the worst facilities.

Morrisons in Saltney took the winner’s crown, while Iceland in Frodsham Street was placed bottom of the pile.

Campaign group Chester Cycling Campaign (CCC) undertook the survey, which saw Tesco stores on both Sealand Road and Frodsham Street come a close second and third.

CCC spokesman Trevor Jenkins said: “We found that the more recent the store the better the facilities for the public, and Chester Cycle Campaign would like to encourage the older stores to improve facilities to bring them up to date.

“This could be supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council which has a scheme to provide stands free of charge.”

The group judged each store on a range of factors and based its verdict on the quality of facilities for both staff and customers.

Mr Jenkins said: “The key criteria for the public were the number of bicycle stands, how these relate to the number of car parking spaces, whether the stands were under cover, how close the stands were to the entrance of the store and if there was signage to the stands.

“For the staff facilities we looked at whether the store provided secure storage for staff cycles, if the supermarket had a cycle-to-work scheme, if lockers and a drying area were provided and finally whether the store had a ‘Bike Champion’ to promote cycling for staff.”

Accepting the award, Anthony Locking, deputy store manager of Morrisons, said: “We are delighted to receive this award and will continue to encourage our staff to cycle to work, recognising the health benefits and the cost savings.”

The campaign group plans to repeat the survey in 2015 to see if improvements have been made.

Meanwhile, members continue to raise concerns over conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists on shared paths in the city.

A particular problem spot is the Chester Millennium Greenway, owned and run by Sustrans, which has reportedly seen a number of collisions between cyclists and walkers.

Mike Dagley, volunteer co-ordinator for Sustrans in the North West, said: “Conflict on shared-use paths is an issue we are having to address on a national scale, but we do seem to have two particular hotspots in the Chester area; one on the Greenway through Blacon and another on the new route through Burton Marshes from Sealand to Ness.

“In many ways the success of these facilities and the fantastic increase in their use in recent years is helping to exacerbate the problem, but as so often it is a very small minority of cyclists and walkers that cause the conflict and it is this group we are trying to address”.

Peter Williams, of CCC, said: “We are talking about a relatively small number of incidents but any one of these can cause a massive level of local upset. We do not believe this to be a problem that is in any way limited to cyclists but as bicycles have the greater potential to create injury, whether initiated by their riders’ actions or not, we feel cyclists must take the lead in sharing the path responsibly.”

For more information on the campaign visit www.chestercycle city.org

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