Cycling & Walking Map Displays Unveiled
Published: 13 June 2021
Deal Town Council’s Cycle Friendly Deal
project, with funding from the Government’s Coastal Community Fund, has installed new cycling & walking map displays in the Town Centre.
The new displays are in the High Street at the Park Street and South Street junctions. A third will be installed outside the Town Hall later this summer.
The large maps are designed to make it easy to find your way around on foot or pedal. The maps cover Deal, Walmer and Sholden. The size of the map allows a lot of detail to be added including places to visit, conservation areas, bus stops, public toilets, cycle parking, green spaces, footpaths and cycle paths, without it all looking too cluttered.
Each map includes an indicator of how far you can walk or ride from the Display’s location in five minutes.
The new map introduces the Cycle Quietway Network. This has been developed with local riders and it uses traffic free cycle paths and low traffic roads to connect quickly and easily with the places people want to go. Everyone is within a couple of minutes of the Quietway Network, so it is really accessible. The Cycle Friendly Deal team asked a grandmother and her five-year-old granddaughter to test the Cycle Quietway Network and with their help the Quietway routes were further improved.
Unveiling the map on Saturday, Cllr Chris Turner, Mayor of Deal said, “I’m delighted to unveil this new map of Deal Town and the surrounding area, especially as it emphasises cycling and walking routes. There’s so much detail here that it is great for locals and visitors. Whilst the Cycle Friendly Deal project has formally ended, it’s work will continue encouraging more sustainable tourism to Deal and at the heart of a drive towards more active travel for all of us.”
Deputy Mayor and lead councillor on the project, Cllr Sue Beer said, “It is good to know that Deal is even better placed now to welcome cyclists to the town. Cycling visitors spend money in the town without polluting our environment. If more local people choose to leave their cars at home and cycle or walk, that will be even better.”
A free pocket-sized version of the map is available from the Visitor Information Centre, Saturday Market, shop, supermarkets and other locations across the area.