Cycling stock image. Inset: CGI of the Northam Rail Bridge plan.

CYCLING campaigners say they have received mixed reactions from politicians to calls for improved safety.

Southampton The Cycling Campaign said it felt “encouraged” overall after asking candidates for the upcoming election to endorse its cycling manifesto.

The group’s 10-point plan calls for reform of cycling in the city.

This includes a new network of safe bike lanes, more training for those looking to drop their bikes, and improved accessibility at schools and offices for cyclists. .

Ian Lamming, local election coordinator at the campaign said the group “feels encouraged by the reactions of candidates and parties to the Cycling Manifesto, and if they mean what they say and are consistent with their guns, we should aim for a more cycle-friendly Future race.”

They added: “To improve Healthsafe, to take care of the planet and help the economy, the Southampton Cycling Campaign looks forward to working with whoever controls the newly arrived city council. “

The group says it has received feedback from all parties, all with varying degrees of enthusiasm for the plan.

The Conservatives say they are backing a new network of safe bike lanes.

READ MORE: Southampton City Council elections: Cycling team launches manifesto

The party also added that it was “very supportive” of the storage and use of bicycles at work and school, as well as the replacement of the Northam rail bridge.

Meanwhile, nine Labor candidates responded – “all with positive comments”. The campaign says five of them endorsed the manifesto.

Former Labor Council transport director Cllr Steve Leggett also highlighted the activity travel policies adopted by the competent authority.

Seven Green candidates endorsed the plans. Five others gave feedback opposing the plans for the Northam rail bridge.

The Southampton Cycling Campaign said it did not receive comment from any individual candidates from the Lib Dems or the Union of Trade Unions and Socialists (TUSC).

Neither side endorsed the manifesto and made no mention of the proposed Northam rail bridge, but supported alternative travel improvement plans in Southampton.

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