Montgomery Energy Group (MEG) held its June meeting online and discussed the future of bike use in and around Montgomery. Across the UK, as well as in Montgomery, people have been walking and using their bikes more during lockdown. There is a free bike scheme in Montgomery, passing on bikes from people that have finished using them, to people that want a bike; and far more people have been asking for a bike during this time from the scheme, with over 150 having been safely given out during the lockdown period. Jeremy Thorp from MEG said, “This is great to see and good for our health and the environment, but how can we make sure it continues after lockdown ends?”
At the meeting, members learned that in the UK, our cycling infrastructure is far worse than on the continent, but the government is promising to put more resources into cycling. They then discussed, if funds could be found, what should be the priority in Montgomery?
The result is that MEG has set up a survey to find out what would make it easier to walk and cycle in Montgomery so that they know what to concentrate their efforts on. Jeremy said, “Please take our short survey (it is only 10 questions) to help keep this cycling and walking momentum going.”