It has become apparent that the Bath Chronicle’s ‘article‘ is blatant sensationalism and, rather than focus on the core objectives of this plan (to enable a 6 year old child to ride from Larkhall to the city centre safely while creating good accessible surfaces for all), they headline with “Cyclists want to move parked cars on Great Pulteney Street, Bath”.
The Great Pulteney Street proposal is ONE MINOR PART of the overall plan; it would create a buffered separate cycle lane, keeping bicycles off the pavement and away from people walking. This idea has, however, resulted in people suggesting on the Chronicle’s Facebook page that “pavement ‘cyclists’ should be ‘clotheslined'” and that we “do not ‘deserve’ any of this”.
This kind of planned provision should be celebrated, not derided. It’s pretty disappointing, in this day and age, when the provision of good, safe, traffic free routes, which not only help children cycle to school but give people the option of choosing to leave their car at home and embracing a healthy transport option, is placed within the Bath Chronicle’s chosen framing of the debate. Even if the newspaper took a “neutral” stance they would, by default, side with the status quo; the way the debate was framed, however, was anything but neutral.
— Adam Reynolds, Cycle Bath Chair]
After yesterdays guided tour I quickly wrote up my notes on the scheme. I have now updated the trello board with the different elements of the scheme which I believe provide a child safe mostly traffic free route for people to get from Larkhall into the heart of the city centre.
- Toucan on exit to Kennet and Avon Canal, with access route created into Sydney Gardens.
- Sydney Place footpath exit from Sydney Gardens made into wide shared path.
- Towpath upgraded to 4 season wide path suitable for wheelchairs.
- Ramp down to Grosvenor Bridge made 4 season.
- Kensington Meadows 4 season path installed. Cleveland Pools foot bridge anticipated.
- Toucan on London Road to facilitate access from Lambridge St to Grosvenor Bridge Road
- Lambridge Street contraflow.
- St Saviours Contraflow.
- Great Pulteney Street segregated cycle lanes created by moving parking out into street and creating buffered lanes next to pavement.
- Hampton Row Footbridge to be an accessible footbridge suitable for wheelchairs.
Note that more ideas are welcome but this is where it is. Please, before you comment go read the trello board. If you want to get involved, please please just ask. Expect a workshop in the coming weeks to finalise the plans.