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New Hamble cycle path to be named Dani King Way
SHE already has a gold medal around her neck, a celebratory stamp and a golden postbox painted in her honour.
And now the name of cycling superstar Dani King has been put permanently on the map – as a cycleway in Hamble is named after her.
Eastleigh Borough Council has announced that a new cycle route running alongside Hamble Lane will be called the Dani King Cycleway, in celebration of the sport star’s Olympic achievements.
Dani, 21, who is from Hamble, smashed a world record with teammates Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell as they took gold in the 3km team pursuit.
She returned home from the Games to a hero’s welcome earlier this month, as a crowd of more than 400 wellwishers gathered in the village to show their support.
And now fans can take a two-wheel tour of some of the most important places to Dani – as the cycle path passes close to her family home, her former primary school and her secondary school, Hamble Community Sports College, where she started her cycling career.
The 3.5km path, which runs from the junction with Portsmouth Road in Bursledon to the crossing with Copse Lane, will be marked with about six signs at strategic points along the route.
Dani, who is currently celebrating her achievements with a holiday abroad, said she hoped it would encourage more people to get on their bikes.
She added: “It would be an honour to have a cycle path named after me. When people ride along it I hope it will remind them of the legacy of the Olympics and inspire them to keep fit and enjoy sport.”
He added: “Dani is the first Olympic gold medallist from the borough for 80 years – we want to recognise her great achievement and what better way than naming the excellent cycling facilities in her own home village after her.
“The council is committed to investing in opportunities for all its residents to enjoy sport and active lifestyles, at a time when many other councils are cutting back, and I hope that as many people as possible will be inspired to use the new Dani King Cycleway.”