A huge spectrum of the community turned out, from families with kids to those in their late 70s.

Riding on a mass of local people led by the Cycling Rebellion, they rode from Poole Train Station through Poole Park and Baiter, finishing at Poole Quay.

Adam Osman, founder of Cycling Rebellion and Poole Local, had this to say: “We’re riding today, highlighting the huge number of people in BCP who love to cycle as their main way of getting around. Through our chants of ’20 is plenty!’ We are calling on BCP council and the UK government to instate a blanket 20mph speed limit on any urban street. If people live, work, or shop somewhere, it should not be 30mph, at which speed 4 out of 10 pedestrians are killed, Vs 1 in 10 at 20mph.”

“We’re not calling for an end to driving; we’re calling for public spaces to be for all forms of transport, not just cars.”

“We honestly can’t believe the turnout; it really goes to show how many people already are cycling in BCP. We even had a family with young kids join us, and for the first time, those kids were able to cycle safely in the road. BCP needs to ask itself are we creating a place where kids are safe to cycle and walk around town independently?”

“BCP is rated as having some of the worst traffic in the world, causing poor air quality which results in worse public health. And yet 50% of commutes in the conurbation are below 5km.”

Cycling Rebellion will be following up this ride with an ongoing campaign for an urban 20mph speed limit called Love 20. They are inviting people in BCP to join their ongoing campaign for safer streets by helping to paint 20 speed limit love hearts and display them on their streets.

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