Cycle stand is revealed

By Toby Leigh in Community News

Totnes Shady Garden has just become biker-friendly – even if the bikers don’t realise it.

The Totnes Trust, which recently completed the restoration of the public space off Fore Street, has added a pair of cycle parking stands.

But the post and ring-style metal stands are so unusual that the trust fears cyclists will not realise what they are for.

So local cycling champion Julian Burn has been out with his bike to show local cyclists what they may be missing.

A Totnes Trust spokesman said: ‘The new stands are so ­different that cyclists might not realise immediately what they’re for. So we asked for them to be christened by local cycling promoter Julian Burn to get the message out to the cycling community.’

Mr Burn said: ‘It’s really great that at last we have some parking here in the heart of town.

‘Cyclists need this sort of ­support, so thank you to the Totnes Trust for making it ­happen.’

The Totnes Trust spokesman explained: ‘The trust wanted stands that were of the highest visual quality – something to complement the high standard of the landscaping.

County councillor Robert Vint, a long-term supporter of sustainable transport, funded much of the work from his locality fund.

The finishing touches to the Shady Garden were completed by the trust in September last year with the installation of an interpretation board spelling out the history of the space.

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