Appeal for volunteers to get cycle route on track in Yate

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

VOLUNTEERS are needed to get Yate’s cycling route on track with the National Cycle Network.

The Joint Cycleway Group, which aims to encourage cycling in the area around Yate and Chipping Sodbury, is appealing for people to help prepare a new section of cycling pathway around Westerleigh.

Part of the pathway from Pucklechurch to the M4 has already been completed and construction is currently under way on the second phase, from Westerleigh to the M4 bridge. The section from Yate to Westerleigh will follow afterwards.

Volunteers are now needed to work one day a week to help prepare, lay and construct the dust path alongside South Gloucestershire Council's Streetcare team of contractors.

The work parties are being held every Sunday (9am-4pm) and helpers are welcome for as little time or as long as they can.

Volunteer co-ordinator Matt Skidmore said: "I would like to thank everyone who has already given their time to the project and helped lay the first 150 yards of path.

"Phase 1, from Pucklechurch Coxgrove Hill to the M4 bridge, was a great success and was enjoyed by all the volunteers who took part. We’re hoping to repeat this success for Phase 2."

He added: "The work includes spreading and laying path dust surface prior to rolling. Some rubbish clearance of the path is also needed.

"It's moderately hard work, but fun and very rewarding. You will be helping to build a fantastic local community resource for the future"

The project is part of a vision for a decent cycling link from Yate to the Bristol Bath Railway Path, considered the main artery of the National Cycle Network.

Anyone who can help is asked to call Matt Skidmore on 07553 052183 or email for more details. You will need to wear sturdy boots and old clothes and overalls.

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