AROUND 100 people came together to discuss how cycling can be made safer in Winchester following the launch of a major transport consultation.

Organised by Winchester CTC, a local cycling group, the 'Taking cycling seriously' meeting at the United Church, in Jewry Street, saw residents and campaigners come together to discuss ideas including priority for cyclist and pedestrians and contraflow cycling.

Sue Cole, from the Winchester Cycle Working Group, said: “It was great to see to many people, who had a real opportunity to say what they wanted. It shows the level of support for changes that encourage people to get out of their cars and cycle.”

The meeting called for safe, effective and attractive cycling routes into the city, especially for commuters. It also called for more cycle training and a change in attitude so that employers and traders see cycling as a good way to increase trade and help their workforce.

The meeting follows the launch of the Winchester Movement Strategy, which is consulting residents on how best to manage traffic and pedestrian flows around Winchester.

The consultation, launched jointly by Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council, started last month and runs until Friday, December 8.

The councils say they want to hear views on how to achieve the right balance between different types of traffic; how best to support growth and economic vibrancy; improving air quality; and any other issues which are important to residents.

Speaking at the launch of the Winchester Movement Strategy, city councillor Jan Warwick, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with the county council to provide this opportunity for residents, businesses, visitors and transport providers to share their views about what restricts movement around our historic city, and how we can identify priorities to help improve the way Winchester works from a transport point of view.”

County council executive member for environment and transport Cllr Rob Humby added: “As the city grows and evolves, we want to make sure we have an agreed strategy which is aimed at delivering the right travel and transport arrangements, so Winchester continues to be a great place to live, work and visit.”

Representatives from the 'Taking cycling seriously' meeting will now meet the councils to discuss the ideas in more detail.

To take part in the consultation, visit