BRISTOL | NEW SEGREGATED CYCLE LANES AND SHARED-USE PATHS PROPOSED FOR BUSY ROADS
A local council wants to make it easier and safer for people walking, cycling, wheeling, and travelling by bus between communities in and around Bradley Stoke and Thornbury and on into Bristol.
Two consultations have now been launched on proposals for the A38 between Thornbury and junction 16 of the M5 including the B4061 Thornbury Road/Alveston Hill and Bradley Stoke Way; and the A4174 Avon Ring Road between the Coldharbour Lane junction and the Wick Wick roundabout.
South Gloucestershire Council says it “wants to deliver a step-change in making it much easier for people to walk, use a wheelchair or pushchair and cycle around our area, and improve public transport”, with government funding received to deliver the two schemes.
Proposals for the A38 and Bradley Stoke Way include new bus lanes, shared-use paths, segregated two-way cycle lanes, improvements to bus stops, new and improved crossings, and speed limit reductions.
Proposals for the B4061 Thornbury Road/Alveston Hill include shared-use paths, two-way cycle lanes, improvements to bus stops, and new and improved crossings.
Proposals for the A4174 include a new bus stop, a new segregated two-way cycle lane, new and improved crossings, speed limit reductions, and some junction improvements to improve the flow of traffic.
Chris Willmore, cabinet member responsible for transport at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “People are telling me that right now their priority is to have buses, more routes and more frequent services.
“This is a separate capital fund from government to help make it easier for people walking, cycling or using wheelchairs and to provide a long-term bus corridor in the A38.
“So our question is: how do we best use this money for the purpose it was given to us, the A38 and A4174?
“It’s about reducing barriers so people have more choice about how they get about, and getting our roads ready for better bus services.
“If you have not looked at earlier versions of the plan, do please have a look. And if you have looked at previous versions, please mark our homework; is it better this time?
“We really need your ideas about how to achieve that goal of improving cycling, walking wheeling and bus facilities on these routes, and support people who live along it.”
For more details about the A38, the B4061 Thornbury Road/Alveston Hill, and Bradley Stoke Way proposals, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/a38-bsw-active-travel