North Somerset Life

Nearly half a million pounds for walk and cycle routes

Almost half a million pounds has been granted to North Somerset Council to create permanent walking and cycling routes and socially-distanced environments.

New shared-access routes will be built next year in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon thanks to an additional £473,750 from the Government.

Following initial consultation, Portishead Town Council decided not to be included in this scheme.

Temporary measures had already been introduced across the area by North Somerset Council this summer, such as wider pavements and pop-up cycle lanes, to help effective social distancing.

This new money will enable them to be made permanent.

The new schemes will be:

Shared path improved following feedback

A shared walking and cycling path in Weston-super-Mare has got a smooth new surface thanks to improvement works which were suggested by local residents.

The path, which runs alongside Herluin Way between Searle Crescent and Hutton Moor, was included in the council’s annual highway maintenance plan after feedback from users.

Multiple teams within North Somerset Council worked with external contractors to complete the seven-week project.

It included removing 19 trees, which have been replaced with 68 new ones – a mixture of oak, lime, hornbeam, cherry and hawthorn. These have been planted away from the path in more suitable locations.

A new concrete edge has been installed along the path to improve its future lifespan.

The council also worked with a network fibre provider to supply and install about 1,200m of ducting throughout the site.

Help shape plans to make active travel the most natural choice

Would you like to have your say on how to make walking and cycling the norm over the next decade?

North Somerset Council is now consulting on its draft active travel strategy, its 10-year plan to harness and further increase the huge rise seen in walking and cycling during 2020 from both residents and visitors.

When it’s finished, the strategy will place walking and cycling infrastructure at the centre of transport planning and so increase these types of journeys by 300 per cent by 2030.

Priority to walking and cycling over the private car will be given ‘wherever possible’, including re-allocating and reclaiming important village and town centre road space to be enjoyed by people and communities instead of being dominated by vehicles.

In the short to medium term, these improvements will help people to socially distance in the busiest town and village centres.

Achieving this vision will be vital in the council’s efforts to help North Somerset Council reach its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Improving the amount and type of active travel facilities available, such as safe and frequent crossing points, cycle lanes and more public space, will also help the local economy as well as help reduce carbon emissions and improve public health.

Studies have shown that people arriving to shops on foot or by bike spend 40-65 per cent more on average than those arriving by car.

The consultation is open until Thursday 17 December. For more information email sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk