The next phase of works on the Western Cycle Corridor will begin 30 August on University Boulevard and finish at the Broadgate Roundabout.
When finished in October 2016, the route will connect the city centre to major destinations including the Queen’s Medical Centre and the University of Nottingham.
These works form part of the City Council’s Nottingham Cycle City Ambition Programme cycle route construction programme, funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, which approved the £6.1m funding on October 15th, 2015.
Nottingham Labour know that it’s important to invest in safe cycling routes to encourage more people to take up cycling and provide the safest route we can into the City for those who already use their bike to get to and from the City.
Further improvements on the Western Cycle Corridor will include:
- Resurfacing the shared path along the north side of University Boulevard to create a better surface for cyclists and pedestrians
- Changing the priority for traffic at the Lace Street and Greenfield Street junctions with City Road to prioritise cycle flow
- Small amendments to the parking bays at the City Road junction with Greenfield Street
- Amendments to the Beeston Road junction with Greenfield Street to connect the on and off street cycle links safely
- Widening of the shared path and removal of the existing uneven footway along Beeston Road, between Greenfield Street and University Boulevard
We are really pleased with the progress we have already made on our cycle superhighway works, which are due to complete soon. These works will ultimately provide a brand new cycle route linking the city centre to Woodside Road. Unfortunately, during the works, it will be necessary to introduce further temporary traffic measures that will cause localised restrictions. We will tell residents in advance when works are happening and apologise for any inconvenience that the works cause.
Councillor Nick McDonald is the portfolio holder for business, growth and transport at Nottingham City Council
It’s bank holiday weekend and across Nottingham, people will be looking for things to do and I come to you with a suggestion…
We have an extra 20 table tennis tables set up around the City, all free for people to have a game with bats and balls provided because as Labour Councillors we know that being able to have fun and exercise shouldn’t be accessible to just those who can afford it.
These tables have been set up by the City Council and are fully supported by Table Tennis England and NET Tramlink and many of the tables can be found along the tram route, meaning you can get their on public transport or just come across them in your daily commute.
According to BUPA regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. People who lead an active life are more likely to live longer and less likely to develop serious diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Physical activity can ease the symptoms of certain long-term health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
Exercise not only improves your physical health, it also helps to reduce anxiety and lowers your risk of other mental health conditions such as depression.
But table tennis isn’t just exercise, it’s a great and fun way to exercise as these ten benefits show!
- Playing improves hand-eye coordinationand it stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes it the perfect game for young people to sharpen reflexes, and for older people to refine tactics.
- Develops mental acuity. The speed, spin and placement of the ball are crucial in table tennis, and practiced players are highly skilled in both creating and solving puzzles involving these three attributes.
- Improves reflexes.Due to the fast-paced, short-distance nature of the sport, both gross and fine muscle movements are improved. The game is distinguished by bursts of exertion and recovery, leading to fast-twitch muscle development.
- It’s easy on the joints. Have you had knee surgery, back problems, tired of twisting your ankles? Try table tennis. It’s a great way to improve your leg, arm and core strength without overtaxing your joints.
- Burns calories. A 150-pound person can burn 272 calories by playing table tennis for an hour. Considering the fact that the sport is entertaining and addictive, it can be a fun and easy way to burn calories.
- Offers a social outlet. Whether you play in the community center or at home with friends, table tennis offers a great way to bond with other people while you lose weight. Because young and old people can play the game, it can help improve communication and build relationships, irrespective of age. Playing at home with siblings or parents can bring family members closer and enable them to spend more quality time with each other.
- Keeps your brain sharp. Alzheimer’s Weeklyreports a clear increase in motor skills and cognitive awareness from playing table tennis, after a series of preliminary clinical studies in Japan found that table tennis markedly increases the flow of blood to the brain, and could possibly even prevent dementia.
- Improves coordination. Following the ping pong ball as it moves quickly toward you, and following its trajectory as your opponent hits it helps improve hand-eye coordination.
- Improves balance. Staying balanced and being able to quickly change direction are key to being successful in a ping pong rally. This is especially important for the elderly.
- Stimulates various different parts of the brain.By anticipating an opponent’s shot, a player uses the prefrontal cortex for strategic planning. The aerobic exercise from the physical activity of the game stimulates the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for allowing us to form and retain long-term facts and events.
Tables are running till 4th of September so make sure you make the most of it and have a game.
Councillor Dave Trimble is the Portfolio holder for Culture and Leisure at Nottingham City Council
You can watch Councillor Trimble making use of one of the tables here! IMG_0383
Nottingham City leisure centres to organise free events as part of the nation’s biggest sports day – I Am Team GB
Two City leisure facilities – Clifton Leisure Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre will host multi-sport sessions on Saturday 27 August designed to get more people active in the local community and celebrate Team GB’s achievements at the Rio 2016 Games.
There will also be free Table Tennis and Nottingham Parklives activities running across the city as well as a free hour of fitness across all city leisure centres to really inspire people to get into their communities and see what sports there are on offer.
The events are part of I Am Team GB – a nationwide campaign that has inspired thousands of UK clubs to open their doors to new participants. This campaign is part of an initiative backed by ITV and The National Lottery, working with the British Olympic Association, UK Sport and supported by Join In, to inspire the Great British public to take part in sport.
The day will begin with all of the city’s leisure centres offering all their facilities for free (swim, gym, fitness class, health suite) between 9.30am -10.30am. This is to coincide with the ITV switch off when the channel ceases broadcasting for an hour to encourage people to get out and be more active.
Between 10:30am and 2pm, Clifton Leisure Centre in partnership with Nottingham Girls Can is running a Women’s Sports and Fitness event. This will provide 4 free taster sessions of sports fitness activities, Cycling, Tennis, Running and Boxercise. The schedule of the day is as follows:
10.30 – 11.15 – Group Cycling* (Spin Studio)
11.20 – 12.00 – Beginner running/Athletics Fitness session
12.30 – 13.15 – Cardio Tennis (Sports Hall)
13.20 – 14.00 – Boxercise (Sports Hall)
The spaces for the sessions are limited so please make sure to book in advance. *For cycling, you will need to create an Active Nottingham membership to access free activities on the day. All the booking details are at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/i-am-team-gb-fitness-day-at-clifton-leisure-centre-tickets-27212561504
Between 1 and 4pm, Nottingham Tennis Centre is inviting everybody to come and join them for a celebration of a fantastic medal haul in Rio by trying out some great sports at the family fun day.
It’s all free. There will be Tennis, Table Tennis, Archery, Football, Badminton, Athletics/fitness challenges, Karate, Netball, and Boccia (a Paralympic sport similar to boule or petanque). There will be prizes (including gold medals) and you might even find a sport you want to get more regularly involved in.
There are also lots of free table tennis tables around the city as part of the Datto Ping project and anybody is invited to come along and play. Simply grab a bat from the side of the table and play – absolutely free of charge! There is a list of tables at: www.pingengland.co.uk/nottingham
A budding Mo Farah may want to try the 5km run leaving from either Forest Recreation Ground or Colwick Country Park at 9am. These are open to runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities. For more information please visit the parkrun website www.parkrun.org.uk. You’ll then be able to search for your local event and follow the simple instructions to register and print your barcode which will enable you to have your time recorded.
We as a Labour controlled Council are proud to be able to get involved in this initiative and to open up the doors of our fine leisure facilities for an hour on Saturday. I’m also glad that Clifton and Nottingham Tennis Centre are open up their doors for events to celebrate our Olympic achievements and to encourage everybody to get involved in sport in such a fun way. Families or individuals, budding Olympians or Paralympians, we are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible on 27 August who are inspired to have a go at a different sport.
For further information on other events happening near you on 27 August please visit: http://iamteamgb.com
Councillor Dave Trimble is the Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council