Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to have their say on the proposed changes, which will include:
- Clevedon – 20mph speed limit and public realm improvements in Hill Road and The Beach, introducing a one-way system to allow wider pavements and segregated cycle facilities
- Weston super Mare - creating a cycling corridor on Baker Street and Milton Road, with a 20mph limit, one-way eastwards and a segregated cycling route over Hildesheim Bridge to the town centre
- Yatton, Clevedon and Nailsea - Establishing a rural lanes network of cycle and pedestrian routes between Backwell, Clevedon, Nailsea and Yatton, while maintaining essential and farm accesses
- Several school schemes that offer safe cycling and walking routes to school for children and parents
Cllr James Tonkin, Executive member for Planning, Highways and Transport at North Somerset Council, said:”Covid-19 has changed the way we live our lives. Outdoor activities have increased significantly, including walking and cycling, and we need to react accordingly. The suggested changes will allow visitors, residents and businesses the opportunity to continue enjoying North Somerset towns, but in a safe and secure manner.
“However, these are suggestions and we want to hear from the people of North Somerset so we can effectively meet the needs and wants of the community.”
The first schemes up for public consultation will be Clevedon between February and March. Details can be found at: https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/activetravel
North Somerset towns have been awarded £473,750 from the Government to introduce permanent routes for walking and cycling and socially distanced environments.
The funding is part of a national £175m grant from the Department for Transport (DfT), which will see new safe routes for people to walk and cycle safely built rapidly within the next year.