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Town cycle lane pilot launching next year

Town cycle lane pilot launching next year

Sunday 29 November 2020

Town cycle lane pilot launching next year


A contraflow cycle lane running along Hill Street will be installed early next year as part of a year-long pilot to encourage more students to cycle to school.

Spanning the length between Halkett Place and La Motte Street, the lane will be marked with appropriate road signage, bollards and white lines to prevent motorists from crossing into it.

The unloading bay and parking next to Morier House will make way for the cycle lane, but the unloading bay by Dunell's will remain.

Hill Street will be monitored to see if further safety measures are needed, and feedback from islanders will be reviewed regularly to see if any adjustments need to be made.

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Pictured: It's hoped the initiative will encourage more young people to cycle to school.

At the end of the pilot, a decision will be made on whether to make the scheme permanent. 

“This pilot forms part of the bigger picture set out in the Sustainable Transport Policy, which sets out our ambition for making walking and cycling inclusive, safe and attractive for all Islanders,” Minister for Infrastructure Deputy Kevin Lewis explained. 

“It will enable cyclists to get from town to the east of the Island, or to the St. Saviour schools, without having to go through the tunnel or around Mount Bingham. By improving the infrastructure, we are hoping to make cycling the preferred choice of transport for more people, and I hope that Islanders will give us their thoughts now, and during the pilot scheme.” 

Ahead of the pilot’s launch, islanders are being asked to share their views in a consultation before 20 December.

Meanwhile, islanders are also being asked to share their thoughts on safety improvements around St. John's School as part of the Safer Routes to School initiative, and on plans to make Midvale Road more pedestrian-friendly.

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Pictured: Proposed changes to Midvale Road.

Plans for the latter were first revealed this week, and include a proposals to:

  • widen pavements on both sides of the road;
  • make the road one-way in a south bound direction;
  • reduce carriageway width at junctions;
  • and create three raised tables along the length of the road.

CLICK HERE to take part in the consultations.

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Posted by Jon Jon on
Making it hard for the motorist will contribute to the town becoming a ghost town, plus if this is being done for cyclists, please bring back the lic.plate for cycles, then pedestrians and motorists can report those who break the Highway Code ,cycling on pavements, one way streets in opposite direction,red lights etc....only fair after all.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Total Madness ~ This road is not wide enough. Think Again.
Posted by nigel pearce on
This has got little to do with safety for cyclists. It’s just another step towards banning cars from town.
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