Travel

Cirencester: The Cotswolds, Calmed

One of those ‘nothing-to-do-with-cycling’ posts, although I have tried to include a few bicycles in the photographs taken today and shown below. Between speaking at the CTC ‘birthday’ rides on Thursday, a day of cycling in the Cotswold yesterday (see previous post) and staying to hear fellow touring cyclist Frank Burns speak tonight, I wanted to find a nice place to visit today. Cirencester was suggested… and what a lovely place it is! Yesterday, upon arrival in Stow-on-the-Wold, I sighed that such a beautiful town had been ruined by the existence of cars. They were everywhere and a potentially stunning town centre had become just a rather unkempt car park. Bourton-on-the-Water was an improvement, perhaps because of its location a short drive from the main A429 road. Cirencester, however, is an example for all towns to follow. The car hasn’t, alas, been excluded from the central area but it has been calmed and minimised with well designed urban infrastructure leaving the delights of the rest of the town to be admired. Other town councils of Britain take note!

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