A BIKE ride to raise awareness for the need of better cycling infrastructure in the Tyne Valley will take place on Saturday.

Organised by Acomb resident Nick Morphet, a group of cyclists will meet at the Old Bus Station in Hexham town centre at 11am and travel to Corbridge.

Mr Morphet, who stood as Green Party candidate for Hexham at the 2019 General Election, said there was a need for cycle lanes and cycle paths in the district.

“Investing in cycle paths and cycle lanes is a critical part of the fight against climate change and air pollution,” he said.

“It will also create jobs and boost both our physical health and the health of our economy.”

County councillor for Corbridge, Coun. Nick Oliver, has been fighting for a cycling route between Corbridge and Hexham for the past two years, and has been backed by county councillor for Hexham East Cath Homer.

Mr Morphet urged more people to get on their bikes. He added: “The Department of Transport has instructed councils to urgently reallocate road space to pedestrians and cyclists, and to see the recovery from coronavirus as a golden opportunity to transform the way we make short journeys.

“The council tells us they’re making progress, but so far nothing has changed. It’s high time the council seized the bike by the handlebars.”