This comes regardless of some scepticism from residents after proposals have been revealed to slender a highway in Emsworth, to make manner for a ‘shared use pavement’, and to relocate a Southbourne bus cease, to permit a slender pavement for use as a two-way cycle-track.
The scheme, developed by Highways England in collaboration with West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council in June final 12 months, would see a seven-mile lengthy off-road route hyperlink Chichester and Emsworth.
Following digital workshops earlier this month, residents have been informed by Highways England that the proposed enchancment scheme ‘will present protected route for each pedestrians and cyclists’.
“/>Chichester to Emsworth Cycle Route Proposal, Principal Street, Nutbourne, Chichester with Andrew Gould (yellow prime) and Mark Report (mustard prime). Pic Steve Robards SR2102111 SUS-211102-203734001
Jeremy Board, founding father of the Gina’s Cycle Path Group, mentioned: “We predict that the brand new cycle path proposal from Highways England will forestall 147 accidents, starting from slight to critical, within the subsequent ten years.
“These aren’t simply numbers, these are actual individuals, our neighbours, mates, household, our family members who will probably be spared from harm, who will probably be protected for generations to return. We’d ask everybody to please say sure to security.”
Nonetheless, the proposals haven’t gained over everybody.
Andrew Gould, secretary of Chichester and District Cycle Discussion board, mentioned representatives have been ‘shocked to search out’ that the plans, drawn up regionally, for segregated steady cycle lanes on each side of the highway, working all the way in which from the A27 underpass in Fishbourne to the roundabout in Emsworth, have been rejected.
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He mentioned: “As a substitute, the newest Highways England proposals imply that the overwhelming majority of it will be a shared cycle/pedestrian path.
“That is even if a shared cycle/pedestrian path in an city atmosphere is in opposition to all the newest authorities tips. They’re unpopular with pedestrians and cyclists alike, and are sometimes extraordinarily harmful the place there are hidden exits from driveways.”
Mark Report, from Chi Cycle, mentioned the scheme can be a ‘enormous waste of cash’.
He added: “Of specific concern is the inconvenience that two manner cycle site visitors will inflict on people who find themselves aged, with sensory impairment, mobility incapacity, and households with kids.”
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Common commuter Bryan Hodges agreed. He mentioned: “We are going to find yourself with an costly waste of time that may make issues extra harmful and gained’t even be utilized by most individuals.
“There isn’t any manner that I, or 90 per cent of the opposite cyclists I see each day will; cease and provides manner in any respect facet roads; cycle on the pavement; cross the A259 twice; cycle in opposition to the circulation of oncoming site visitors.”
Metropolis and district councillor Sarah Sharp mentioned ‘it isn’t ok’ to place in adjustments that ‘depart individuals biking on the highway or pedestrians frightened about their security’.
She added: “Getting sustainable infrastructure in place to allow extra individuals to stroll and cycle in security is completely important.
“We have to embrace the newest guidelines set out by the Authorities to ship prime quality infrastructure – and prioritize getting protected, segregated cycle routes.”
A Highways England spokesperson mentioned ‘we care about everybody who makes use of our highway community’, including: “Improved biking and strolling alternatives have apparent advantages for well being, security and the broader atmosphere.
“House is proscribed right here, and we’ve labored with native authority companions on a design that gives probably the most advantages inside the area out there, making an allowance for the present traits of the highway format and the village/rural setting.”
Mr Board mentioned the brand new proposals have ‘not been designed to make life harder’.
He added: “We all know and respect that drivers cycle and cyclists drive. We all know native drivers care deeply about security, we consider we’ll all take pleasure in biking the brand new protected cycle path collectively.”