Aldridge wins funds for improved cycling facilities

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The Aldridge Social Club taken from Google Maps

Funding has been given to a local village in Walsall to be able to install better cycling and walking facilities.

The money — for public cycle parking and improvements to wayfinding and accessibility in the village centre — comes from a £2 million project which was launched in May by the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, inviting communities across the West Midlands to submit ideas to improve their local area for cycling and walking. 

There were 134 applicants for the funding, across the West Midlands and 34 of those have been awarded funding for cycling facilities. 

Tomorrow (Tuesday October 15), Andy Street will be at the Aldridge Social Club to hand over the cheque.

The facilities funded by the scheme are to be installed in Aldridge’s high street, with the aim to make the village centre more attractive for people to cycle, and encouraging local community groups to take up cycling. 

The Aldridge Social Club have said that introducing facilities will mean that residents will rely less on a car, which will lower congestion and reduce carbon emissions, in order to become a greener village.  

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