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LovetoRide will be giving away a bike every day during Bike Week from 9th – 17th June.

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Bike Week, which runs from 9th to 17th June, is the UK’s annual celebration of cycling.

During the week, online cycling promotion platform LovetoRide will be giving away a bike every day. For the chance to win a bike – register at www.lovetoride.net, ride a bike anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes during Bike Week and log your ride. You can also win prizes for encouraging others to ride and sharing your cycling stories and photos.

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Two new cycle routes have been completed in time for Bike Week 2018 and a third is in its final stages of construction.

The schemes in Arundel Road, Fontwell – part of a longer route between Bognor Regis and Bignor – and for Crawley, Worth Park Avenue – part of the Crawley Growth Programme – were delivered by West Sussex County Council and opened last month. A new link alongside the A259 between Flansham and Climping is in its final stages of construction.

The county council is also developing a number of schemes for future delivery as part of its Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016-2026. The council is also working in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority, Adur and Worthing Councils, Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, and Horsham District Council to develop Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs). This work will build on existing strategies and help to identify priority routes for future investment.

Last year was a record-breaking year for the county council’s team of cycling instructors, who deliver Bikeability training in schools and provide one-to-one courses for adults. A total of 9,801 people received training during 2017/18, including 1,129 balance bike users.

Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“Cycling helps to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and is a great way to increase physical activity and wellbeing.

“I am very pleased West Sussex will be hosting Velo South later this year, a 100-mile closed road cycling event, which will see 15,000 riders cycling through the West Sussex countryside on Sunday 23 September.”

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Local volunteers drive GPs to essential home visits in Crawley

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Image: Dr Phoebe Danes and volunteer Chris Ball.

Local volunteers have stepped up to help drive clinicians to home visits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative was launched by local GP federation Alliance for Better Care, who have rented black cabs to provide essential transport for clinicians attending patients’ homes. 

The taxis, which have been adapted to make them easier to clean, are driven by volunteer drivers who have come forward via various community Facebook groups.

Thanks to the layout of the cab, drivers are completely separated from the clinician who is also afforded extra space in the cab to put on PPE and write up notes. 

Matt Cullis, practice manager at Leacroft Medical Practice said:

“Our surgery is still open to treat patients, however, home visits have become particularly important for those who are shielding and not wanting to leave their homes. This service saves us time and allows our doctors to travel to appointments in an environment that can be easily cleaned and has room to put on PPE.”

Alliance for Better Care is the GP federation for Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex and East Surrey and so far the project has been rolled out at Leacroft Surgery in Crawley and throughout Burgess Hill, with plans to extend it to East Grinstead and Horley in the coming weeks.

Katherine Saunders, ABC chief executive said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of volunteers who have come forward and we’d like to thank them all for offering to support this service. We are, of course, committed to protecting both our volunteers and our clinicians. We insure drivers and carry out all necessary checks while also providing PPE. This is a valuable resource for our clinicians, and increases our capacity to reach more patients.”

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