BaNES Emergency Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 Submission

West of England Combined Authority Tranche 2 Submission has been published as part of their “find joy in the journey” campaign to get people walking and cycling. With it we can look at the ambition of BaNES Council.

The Schemes

  1. A4 Upper Bristol Road segregated cycle lane between Park Lane and Charlotte Street
    • First phase of new cycle route along Upper Bristol Road using light segregation, linking into new Toucan crossing being installed September 2020 which provides short link to NCN4. Requires removal of 28 on-street parking spaces.
  2. Bath city centre to University of Bath cycle & e-scooter route
    • Provision of largely traffic-free route on North Road by introducing trial point closures (bus gates enforced by ANPR) – Experimental TRO required; a new 90m off-road segregated cycle path on a closed section of The Avenue (with new automatic cycle counter); new off-road cycle link between North Road and The Avenue; new segregated eastbound cycle lane on A36 Beckford Road.
  3. Entry Hill south of j/w Entry Hill Park
    • Point closures of Entry Hill. Provides new low traffic route from south of city towards city centre including access to Beechencliff Secondary School. Experimental TRO required.
  4. Improving cycle links to Royal United Hospital and new contraflow cycling facility on Locksbrook Road.
    • 2 no. point closures and provide contraflow cycling facility along 450m section of Locksbrook Road. Experimental TRO required.
  5. Improve access to Bath Spa University for cyclists & pedestrians from Bath (A4/A36 Twerton Fork junction & A4/A39/Pennyquick junction)
    • Provision of dedicated off -road cycle path to enable A36 connection to A4, which is currently missing. Widening of existing off-road cycle path link. Lane reduction at Pennyquick to facilitate improved cycle crossing.
  6. Bath city centre to Lansdown cycle route on quiet streets
    • Several point closures between Gay Street and Sion Hill area to remove through-traffic and provide an area of quiet streets from the city centre to Lansdown and Bath School of Art campus. Experimental TRO required.
  7. Cheap Street / Westgate Street / Saw Close/ Upper Borough Walls, Bath
    • Implement 10am – 6pm Pedestrian & Cycle Zone vehicle access restrictions and parking restrictions to support cycling trips to and through city centre, reduce car based travel and enable social distancing to be maintained in the city centre. Parking/loading suspension and emergency TRO required.
  8. York Street, Bath
    • Implement 10am – 6pm Pedestrian & Cycle Zone vehicle access restrictions and parking restrictions to support cycling trips to and through city centre, reduce car based travel and to enable social distancing to be maintained in the city centre. Parking/loading suspension and emergency TRO required.
  9. Milsom Street, Bath
    • Implement 10am – 6pm Pedestrian & Cycle Zone (except local buses) vehicle access restrictions and parking restrictions to support cycling trips to and through city centre, reduce car based travel and to enable social distancing to be maintained in the city centre. Parking/loading suspension and emergency TRO required.

Ambition

I honestly think as a starter for ten this is fantastic. I’ve highlighted point closures which as these are the fundamentals for creating Liveable Neighbourhoods/Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. My reading of this is that the city is getting four liveable neighbourhoods: North Road, Locksbrook Road, Circus, and Entry Hill.

The city centre is also getting formalised 10am-6pm pedestrian & cycling zones however I would strongly argue that the Cheap Street zone needs to be 10am-10pm. Saw Close is a great space and people hang out all evening there.

Any missed quick wins?

The big one for me would be to close Corn Street to St James Parade and make Avon Street for buses and taxis. There is an enormous amount of unnecessary through traffic that cuts down Westgate Buildings and through Seven Dials when Green Park Road is your natural bypass for the Kingsmead Ward area. I really think this would be such a game changer for the whole area.

Liveable Neighbourhoods are a go!

I cannot stress how big a change this will be for BaNES. The officers and councillors should be extremely pleased and proud of what they are planning to deliver. There is a huge amount of community engagement needed and I suspect many councillors have already had detailed discussions with their local community groups as these point closures make a *lot* of sense

Exciting times!

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