CYCLISTS who face a deadly ride between two East Hampshire communities have begun a campaign to get a safer route. Nearly 300 people have signed a petition calling for the construction of a safe cycle path between Petersfield and Stroud. Supporters believe a safer route would be popular with villagers heading into town and children looking to walk or cycle to Langrish Primary School. They believe the link is desperately needed because the narrow pavement alongside the "deathtrap" A272 is dangerous for both cyclists and pedestrians. Some 160 people have signed an online petition while another circulated by the school on behalf of campaigners has been backed by more than 100 safety-conscious folk. Campaigners believe the project would be relatively inexpensive compared to the approved scheme to link Petersfield with Queen Elizabeth Country Park. For full story, see this week's Petersfield Herald.