It feels strange that we are at the point where we are asking “Hey is creating a good cycle route from the valley floor to the University, BMI, Wessex Water, Ralph Allen, Prior Park College, and Combe Down communities a good idea?” BUT I would encourage people to give an answer. Of note, 40% of rush hour Cleveland Bridge traffic is going to the University. Cycling, using an eBike from Larkhall takes 15 minutes to reach the University without working up a sweat. 20 minutes to get to the BMI. This is a *strategic* decision that should be overseen by the Cabinet Member for Transport who has *strategic* responsibility for the transport network. So we’re left in a bit of a mess. If you’re voted in to make hard decisions, then abdicate responsibility to an online form and a bunch of carefully selected unelected members of the public, this is what you end up with and all for the princely sum of £30k (no idea of how this cost is split between Uni and council)! Anyway please engage positively!
Pressure groups are well-versed in making their collective opinions known but B&NES is hoping to attract the views of individuals too in a call to all residents, businesses and organisations who are being invited to submit evidence to the council’s citizens’ panel on active travel.
Earlier this year the council and the University of Bath commissioned independent research agency BritainThinks to recruit and run a citizens’ panel which will also consider travel between the valley floor, the University of Bath and the large employment and education sites in theClavertonDown area.
BritainThinks is now putting out a call for evidence to ensure that a wider audience – including residents, local groups and businesses – are able to share their views to inform the panel’s deliberation and discussion.
The call for evidence is now live and runs until Wednesday 4 May. Responses can be submitted using theonline form
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