Get On Your Bike From Portland To Dorchester
6:56am 20th June 2014
(Updated 8:21am 20th June 2014)
You can now cycle all the way from Portland to Dorchester, traffic free and safely off the road, on a specially built cycle path.
The Department for Transport and the County Council funded the project that cost close to £980,000.
Dorset County Council hopes the new 2 mile cycle path between Weymouth Town Centre and the Relief Road, will ease congestion and encourage more people to saddle up their bikes and stay fit and healthy.
The path links-up Radipole Lake, the Rodwell Trail, Chesil Bank and Portland.
Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for environment and the economy Peter Finney said:
"We worked closely with local residents to design the scheme. Following a number of consultation events we were able to adapt the plans to take their comments on board.
"It is wonderful that local children now have a safe and traffic free route to travel to school".
Cllr David Harris, local councillor for Southill said:
"I'm delighted that the new path is now open for use. It provides a superb resource for the community and links the Lorton Meadows and Lodmoor nature reserves with Radipole Lake, the Rodwell Trail, Chesil Bank and Portland, giving a picturesque route for walkers and cyclists."