New Hamble cycle path to be named Dani King Way

Dani King on her arrival home in Hamble

Dani King wins Olympic gold

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Reporter

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.”

Council leader Cllr Keith House said the borough was celebrating its first Olympic gold medal since Eastleigh athlete Tommy Green came first in the 50km walk in 1932.

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.”

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10:28am Thu 30 Aug 12

Beer Monster says...

Fitting tribute to a wonderful athlete, well done Dani!
Fitting tribute to a wonderful athlete, well done Dani! Beer Monster
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3:15pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Cyclestrian says...

I really hope this isn't the same infrastructure as that slated in a 2009 YouTube review. Google "3-HJc-tXyvs" to see the video.

Please tell me they built a proper new path. Otherwise, this is a real insult to our local hero.
I really hope this isn't the same infrastructure as that slated in a 2009 YouTube review. Google "3-HJc-tXyvs" to see the video. Please tell me they built a proper new path. Otherwise, this is a real insult to our local hero. Cyclestrian
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6:14pm Thu 30 Aug 12

SaintM says...

Hero, sorry what hero, saved the world, no just got well paid not to do a proper job. No road name please only to the real heroes
Hero, sorry what hero, saved the world, no just got well paid not to do a proper job. No road name please only to the real heroes SaintM
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7:08pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

SaintM wrote:
Hero, sorry what hero, saved the world, no just got well paid not to do a proper job. No road name please only to the real heroes
I'm sorry but you obviously don't realise the meaning of the word "hero" a hero doesn't fight, or save lives or even save cats from trees, a true hero is someone that people look up to and think, "I want to be just like them, sure, soldiers are heroes in their own right, they protect us as a country but a true hero can be anyone, even a granny with one leg, so I say go ahead and name a cycle path after Dani King but it had better be the damned best cycle path this country has ever seen.
[quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: Hero, sorry what hero, saved the world, no just got well paid not to do a proper job. No road name please only to the real heroes[/p][/quote]I'm sorry but you obviously don't realise the meaning of the word "hero" a hero doesn't fight, or save lives or even save cats from trees, a true hero is someone that people look up to and think, "I want to be just like them, sure, soldiers are heroes in their own right, they protect us as a country but a true hero can be anyone, even a granny with one leg, so I say go ahead and name a cycle path after Dani King but it had better be the damned best cycle path this country has ever seen. Ginger_cyclist
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9:52pm Thu 30 Aug 12

mrblunt says...

Why can't everyone just appriciate that a local girl has made good on the world stage without making cynical comments or using it for personal point scoring against the Council.
Well done Dani and well done Eastligh for recognising a fantastic local success.
Why can't everyone just appriciate that a local girl has made good on the world stage without making cynical comments or using it for personal point scoring against the Council. Well done Dani and well done Eastligh for recognising a fantastic local success. mrblunt
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11:33pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Torchie1 says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
SaintM wrote:
Hero, sorry what hero, saved the world, no just got well paid not to do a proper job. No road name please only to the real heroes
I'm sorry but you obviously don't realise the meaning of the word "hero" a hero doesn't fight, or save lives or even save cats from trees, a true hero is someone that people look up to and think, "I want to be just like them, sure, soldiers are heroes in their own right, they protect us as a country but a true hero can be anyone, even a granny with one leg, so I say go ahead and name a cycle path after Dani King but it had better be the damned best cycle path this country has ever seen.
Will you soon be complaining about pedestrians walking four abreast along it when they point out to you that their taxes helped pay for it and you can wait for them to move over in their own time?
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: Hero, sorry what hero, saved the world, no just got well paid not to do a proper job. No road name please only to the real heroes[/p][/quote]I'm sorry but you obviously don't realise the meaning of the word "hero" a hero doesn't fight, or save lives or even save cats from trees, a true hero is someone that people look up to and think, "I want to be just like them, sure, soldiers are heroes in their own right, they protect us as a country but a true hero can be anyone, even a granny with one leg, so I say go ahead and name a cycle path after Dani King but it had better be the damned best cycle path this country has ever seen.[/p][/quote]Will you soon be complaining about pedestrians walking four abreast along it when they point out to you that their taxes helped pay for it and you can wait for them to move over in their own time? Torchie1
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10:29am Fri 31 Aug 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
SaintM wrote:
Hero, sorry what hero, saved the world, no just got well paid not to do a proper job. No road name please only to the real heroes
I'm sorry but you obviously don't realise the meaning of the word "hero" a hero doesn't fight, or save lives or even save cats from trees, a true hero is someone that people look up to and think, "I want to be just like them, sure, soldiers are heroes in their own right, they protect us as a country but a true hero can be anyone, even a granny with one leg, so I say go ahead and name a cycle path after Dani King but it had better be the damned best cycle path this country has ever seen.
Will you soon be complaining about pedestrians walking four abreast along it when they point out to you that their taxes helped pay for it and you can wait for them to move over in their own time?
If it's wholly a cycle ONLY path then yes, it can be as bad as someone pulling up a chair and sitting in the middle of a main road, if it's shared use then no, I'd give way to them, if it's a cycle path next to a footpath then I'd give a toot of my horn and remind them to watch out for cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintM[/bold] wrote: Hero, sorry what hero, saved the world, no just got well paid not to do a proper job. No road name please only to the real heroes[/p][/quote]I'm sorry but you obviously don't realise the meaning of the word "hero" a hero doesn't fight, or save lives or even save cats from trees, a true hero is someone that people look up to and think, "I want to be just like them, sure, soldiers are heroes in their own right, they protect us as a country but a true hero can be anyone, even a granny with one leg, so I say go ahead and name a cycle path after Dani King but it had better be the damned best cycle path this country has ever seen.[/p][/quote]Will you soon be complaining about pedestrians walking four abreast along it when they point out to you that their taxes helped pay for it and you can wait for them to move over in their own time?[/p][/quote]If it's wholly a cycle ONLY path then yes, it can be as bad as someone pulling up a chair and sitting in the middle of a main road, if it's shared use then no, I'd give way to them, if it's a cycle path next to a footpath then I'd give a toot of my horn and remind them to watch out for cyclists. Ginger_cyclist
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12:01pm Fri 31 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

This is all just getting a bit pathetic now - stamps, post boxes etc .. and things are only gonna get worse!
This is all just getting a bit pathetic now - stamps, post boxes etc .. and things are only gonna get worse! andysaints007
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12:16pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Cyclestrian says...

mrblunt wrote:
Why can't everyone just appriciate that a local girl has made good on the world stage without making cynical comments or using it for personal point scoring against the Council.
Well done Dani and well done Eastligh for recognising a fantastic local success.
Seconded. Well done Dani.

This is not personal point scoring. I am actually a big fan of Eastleigh BC, I think they try hard given the stance of central government on cycling infrastructure and the resources they have.

The cynicism is about how we provide for cycling in the UK when compared to places such as Holland, Denmark and even some large US and Canadian cities. What our council leader calls an "excellent facility" is, when viewed against the background of what the Dutch have as standard, really pretty shocking. See aviewfromthecyclepat
h.com for how things are done in other countries.

There are so many wider proven benefits from cycle provision, from public health to their economy, that investment quickly yields huge dividends.

I was maybe premature with my "insult" comment above: if Dani is happy to have this pavement named after her then she's obviously not insulted. Or perhaps she's just unaware of what fellow gold medallist Marianne Vos takes for granted in her home on the other side of the North Sea.

To use an analogy borrowed from Twitter, this seen like naming a cul-de-sac the "Lewis Hamilton Expressway".
[quote][p][bold]mrblunt[/bold] wrote: Why can't everyone just appriciate that a local girl has made good on the world stage without making cynical comments or using it for personal point scoring against the Council. Well done Dani and well done Eastligh for recognising a fantastic local success.[/p][/quote]Seconded. Well done Dani. This is not personal point scoring. I am actually a big fan of Eastleigh BC, I think they try hard given the stance of central government on cycling infrastructure and the resources they have. The cynicism is about how we provide for cycling in the UK when compared to places such as Holland, Denmark and even some large US and Canadian cities. What our council leader calls an "excellent facility" is, when viewed against the background of what the Dutch have as standard, really pretty shocking. See aviewfromthecyclepat h.com for how things are done in other countries. There are so many wider proven benefits from cycle provision, from public health to their economy, that investment quickly yields huge dividends. I was maybe premature with my "insult" comment above: if Dani is happy to have this pavement named after her then she's obviously not insulted. Or perhaps she's just unaware of what fellow gold medallist Marianne Vos takes for granted in her home on the other side of the North Sea. To use an analogy borrowed from Twitter, this seen like naming a cul-de-sac the "Lewis Hamilton Expressway". Cyclestrian
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