Secure bike locks are installed at beauty spot

From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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COLOURFUL ‘living’ locks will give cyclists extra security as they explore the South Downs.

New bike locks have been installed at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Clanfield.

The 10 locks are designed to hold two bikes each on either side of a planted area.

The locks have been installed by the South Downs National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council and the Forestry Commission thanks to a £5m partnership aimed at improving cycling across the National Park.

David Deane, cycling projects officer, said: ‘We are investing in new routes to help people get in to and discover the South Downs National Park by bike, such as the new track that will link Petersfield to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Having somewhere secure to lock their bikes means cyclists can relax in confidence in a café or visit a shop – hopefully increasing the incentive to leave the car behind.’

The locks were installed by members of The Right to Work group, a scheme for people with learning difficulties.