Is Queens Park, Bolton really suitable as a cycle route.

Bolton Council is relying on a route through Queens Park to link two cycle routes to the town centre. One is a Bee Network proposal from Doffcocker to the town centre, funded by the (GM) Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund, and the other is an Emergency Active Travel Fund proposal along Chorley New Road, funded directly by the Department for Transport.

Lovely on a sunny autumn day, but not so nice at night.

The route through the park makes for a lovely section of leisure ride on a nice sunny day when the park is full of people, though it is a bit steep going away from the town centre. I can easily do it on my 27-gear Dawes hybrid bike, but I think it would be a bit of a challenge on my Elephant Bike loaded up with fruit and veg on the way back from Bolton Market

Cycling home from work on an dark evening in winter is likely to be a rather different proposition, though, as these selected news stories would suggest.

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