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Market Deeping has new bike racks installed thanks to Government coronavirus grant

New bike racks have been installed in three south Lincolnshire towns as a result of a Government grant to help the county recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Lincolnshire County Council has used some of the £100,000 to install car shaped bike racks in Market Deeping, as well as Holbeach and Spalding.

The racks are shaped in the form of cars in order to promote cycling as a more efficient form transport. One car parking space is large enough to accommodate 10 bikes.

The bike rack in Market Deeping. Photo: Ashley Baxter (42667474)
The bike rack in Market Deeping. Photo: Ashley Baxter (42667474)

On Twitter, Ashley Baxter, a South Kesteven district councillor (Ind) representing Market and West Deeping questioned the bike racks, saying local people were "moaning".

In Holbeach, the parish council has asked for the bike rack to be moved.

Coun Richard Davies (Con), who is the executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said:"The Department for Transport granted us over £100,000 from the first round of the emergency active travel fund to support the installation of temporary projects to help aid the county's recovery from Covid-19.

"As part of that funding, we're installing more bike parking in towns across the county, to make it easier for people to cycle into their town centre.

"When we were awarded the funding, the DfT gave us very short timescales to install the changes, and there just wasn't time to get feedback from every community about each location. But the changes are all on a trial basis – if they work they'll stay and if they don't we can rethink."

He said "another type of bike parking" had been purchased as part of the fund, "which is a bit more inconspicuous".

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