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Oldland Parish Council

Cycling & Walking Initiative

Project Introduction

This project was launched in 2020 to enable 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.

Over the last six months the original Cycling & Walking Steering Group set up by Oldland Parish Council has generated interest and support from other town and parish councils (incl. Bitton, Hanham Abbots, Siston & Keynsham), SGC, BANES and local residents.

The project is now operating through integrated ‘cross border’ collaboration and reflecting this broadened involvement the group has been re-launched as the Bristol East Fringe Cycling & Walking Group.

Project Overview

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 we want to take full advantage of this opportunity to make positive and practical changes to improve the existing cycle/walking network in the area.

To enable people to choose to walk & cycle instead of using their cars will require an improved local cycle/walking network which has the following key features:

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.

Community Consultation

To ensure this project fully reflects the views and needs of the whole community, an online consultation exercise was carried out last year to see where people felt improvements are required to make cycling/walking safer, attractive and more convenient, including links between neighbouring areas.

The findings from this consultation are summarised in the following report:

Oldland Parish Active Travel Online Consultation Summary – SG 12 Jan 2021

Submitted comments/ideas have been consolidated into the following Issues Log which will be used by the Group to prioritise & track actions placed to address the issues raised and monitor the outcomes.

Cycling & Walking Issues Log Update 24 May 2021

The key focus of the project now is to work with local partners to use these submitted ideas & concerns to drive positive tangible changes to create a safe and inviting active travel network.

Although closed for comments, all consultation responses can still be viewed at the following Commonplace community engagement website:

https://oldlandactivetravel.commonplace.is/

Progress

A summary of improvements to date is given in the following report:

C&W Improvement Record – 31 Jan 2021

The Bristol East Fringe Cycling & Walking Group wishes to thank everybody who has contributed to this project to date and encourages anybody who has views and ideas on this subject to get in touch by contacting Jon Parker on 07504841569, Steve Skidmore on 07896326737 or Victoria Hicks on 0117 9615021 or join one of our future group meetings (at present being held by Zoom).

 

Cycling & Walking Steering Group Task Register Reviewed 24 May 2021

Cycling & Walking Task Structure – Dec 2020

For anyone who is not online or unable to access the consultation please contact either Steve Skidmore on 0789 632 6737, Cllr Jon Parker on 0750 484 1569 or Victoria Hicks on 0117 961 5021

If you wish to become involved in the project please contact the Oldland Parish Council Clerk or simply join one of the future Steering Group meetings (at present being held by Zoom) – details of future meetings can be found below: 

 

NEXT MEETING: 13 September 2021

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Meeting ID: 831 5602 6005
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