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Lewes Road Cycle Path Opening

5th October 2013

Cutting the tape

What a fantastic day! The launch of the new cycle path on the Lewes Road started with a BikeTrain, organised by Duncan Blinkhorn and his crew, from the Levels in Brighton as far as Wild Park. Lucy was transported by Peter Mynors, the cycling expert who masterminded the plan we put to the Council last year. He really made it all happen. Peter has a specially adapted tandem that made for a very comfortable ride to Wild Park. Also on the bike train was Caroline Lucas, MP sharing a tandem with Duncan. With the music blaring, flags waving and a unicycle joining us, it was a very emotional event to be part of.  We are hugely grateful to Duncan and the Biketrain team for putting it on.  

The City Council provided a marquee, and many stalls in Wild Park, and refreshments were provided in the shape of a delicious flapjack from the Oat Hut. Councillor Ian Davey opended the event, and introduced the speeches from

  • Brighton & Hove City Council Leader, Jason Kitcat;
  • Minister For Transport, Norman Baker;
  • Chairman of the Jo Walter's Trust, Lucy Johnston;
  • Andrew Walters (Jo's uncle);
  • Peter Mynors (the designer of the cycle path); and
  • Heike Feldpausch, local resident and cyclist. 

It was a fabulous day with several hundred people attending. We are extremely grateful to Brighton & Hove City Council for laying on such a relaxed and enjoyable event, and hope the new cycle path will mean that more people now feel safe enough to cycle along the Lewes Road. 

The Jo Walters Trust are incredibly grateful to Andrew Walters, Jo's uncle, without whom none of this would have been possible. Thank you Andrew.

Media

BBC News Website (News Article)

ITV Meridian (Video coverage)

Brighton & Hove Argus (News Article)

Lucy's Speech (pdf download)

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