Let Preston Pedal

Calling all Preston cyclists! (and aspiring cyclists, and non-cyclists!*)

Fed up of disjointed cycling routes? Inadequate bike storage? A lack of proper cycling lanes in Preston? Want to be part of changing things? 

At Climate Action Preston we’re making cycling one of our key campaigns this October as we join in with Friends of the Earth’s week of action (5th – 11th October) to call on local and national government to plan and budget for a green and fair recovery from coronavirus.

Excited? Here are three ways you can get involved now. Please share this email with any other cyclists or aspiring cyclists you know!

  1. Contribute your ideas to make Preston cycle friendly on our Google Map at this link – add new cycle lanes and safe storage, and locate safety issues. See attached guidance. If you don’t have a Google account or struggle with the map, send your suggestions to climateactionpreston@gmail.com

2. Add your ideas at this link to show how we can support green travel in and around Preston. If you have any issues with logging in, send your suggestions to climateactionpreston@gmail.com

3. Participate by cycling in our week of action (5th-11th October).  If you drive, swap out one of your regular journeys in Preston that day with a cycle ride, cycle to the shops, get out cycling with the family. 

We’d like to publish what happens in the week of action. Take a selfie with your bike, tag us in @PrestonAction and tag your MP, @prestoncouncil and @LancashireCC. Use the hashtag #LetPrestonPedal tell us about your journey. Were there dedicated cycle lanes in convenient and safe places the whole way? Could you safely lock up your bike when you arrived? What was traffic like? Would you be happy to cycle this route with a child on your bike? 

Not on twitter? Not a problem! Email info about your ride and any images to climateactionpreston@gmail.com and we’ll post it on our social media.

We’ll collate everyone’s ideas and compile a report to send to our MPs and councillors. 

If you’d like to be involved in Climate Action Preston’s other campaigns and projects, join our mailing list by emailing climateactionpreston@gmail.com. All welcome!

Let’s say “on yer bike!” to anyone who doesn’t want to build a better future for Preston.

*Maybe you don’t cycle because you are differently-abled; we’d love to hear what would help you to travel more sustainably in Preston – is it more pedestrian crossings, wider pavements, accessible public transport, electric car share schemes, something else? Get in touch to let us know your thoughts, or add them here.