Cycling & Walking Initiative
Oldland Parish Council has launched a project to encourage more people to cycle and walk, particularly for those shorter local journeys. For this to succeed a safe and inviting cycling/walking network of pathways and routes is required which can be used by everybody in the community.
The benefits of cycling and walking are now widely accepted including the positive effects on health, wellbeing, traffic congestion & pollution. The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and associated movement restrictions & social distancing requirements have further highlighted the importance to introduce enhanced high-quality space for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Government and local authorities, including the West of England Combined Authority, have recently launched campaigns and funding schemes to promote and support cycling & walking. Working with local partners Oldland Parish Council wants to take full advantage of this opportunity to make positive and practical changes to improve the existing cycle/walking network in the area.
To encourage people to walk & cycle instead of using their cars Oldland Parish Council believe it will require an improved local cycle/walking network which embodies the following key principles:
Inclusive – so everybody can use it – pedestrians, cyclists, including those with disabilities
Inviting – people will want to use it – it will be pleasant to use
Integrated – it will be a joined-up network with good connectivity and route directions, including links to other areas surrounding Oldland Parish.
Inherently Safe – the network should be designed to the high standards now being advocated by central government, which also effectively set the design requirements for funding to be approved.
To ensure this project fully reflects the views and needs of the whole community, Oldland Parish Council have launched an online consultation
exercise to see where people feel improvements are required in and around the Oldland Parish to make cycling/walking safer, attractive and more convenient, including links to surrounding areas. This could range from reporting overgrown vegetation to suggesting more major changes to road junctions or crossings.
This consultation uses a community engagement website supplied by Commonplace, which has been successfully used by many other organisations including Bristol City Council and Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Comments can be submitted using the easy-to-use interactive map at https://oldlandactivetravel.commonplace.is/
The closing date for comments is 31 December 2020.
Oldland Parish includes the areas of Barrs Court, Cadbury Heath, Longwell Green. Willsbridge and Wraxall Road area. The consultation website has an interactive map showing the Oldland Parish area.
For anyone who is not online or unable to access the consultation please contact either Steve Skidmore on: 0789636737 / Cllr Jon Parker on 07504841569 or Victoria Hicks on: 0117 9615021
NEXT MEETING: 24 NOVEMBER 2020
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