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By Cynthia Floud - 28th March 2014 8:54am
New double decker bike racks have been installed at the station. Haddenham Safe Walking and Cycling Group have been working with Chiltern Rail to get improved facilities for both pedestrians and cyclists, now that the station is being extended.
As promised by Chiltern Rail, there are many more racks than we had before, to cope with projected increased demand from rail users in Haddenham and beyond (principally Thame).
Nationally, while cycling in cities is increasing, there are fewer rural cyclists; this is a safety issue. Dedicated cycle routes are provided only in cities, so rural communities like Haddenham are missing out. We do not have opportunities for safe commuting or leisure cycling.
For many years it has been clear that commuters and the rest of us need a safe cycle route from the station to Thame. At present it is mostly young men who are brave enough to attempt to cycle along the A418. Women and children are too risk averse! (or more sensible! — Ed.)
Now we have the spare capacity in the new cycle racks at the station: the next step is the cycle route to Thame.
Cynthia Floud, Chair, Haddenham Safe Walking and Cycling Group
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