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Cycle Strategy debated at the council 24 September

posted Sep 16, 2015, 6:36 AM by Heather Rainbow
On Thursday, 24 September at 6.30 pm in the Civic Buildings Deanes. 
Cycle Basingstoke will speak to councillors briefly.
This meeting is open to the public, so you can come along and find out what is happening to the cycle map.

The draft cycle strategy and draft strategic cycle  will be submitted for approval by the Economic, Planning and Housing committee.   Cycle Basingstoke has been lobbying hard for a cycle strategy and cycle map. Councillor Mark Ruffell portfolio holder for Planning and Infrastructure is keen to have a cycle strategy, he also wants a cycle route from the station to Polecat corner to link up with the villages to the south east.

The cycle strategy is item 7  on the agenda and can be viewed on the  borough website

Paragraphs 5.4 and 5.5 are particularly important as Cycle Basingstoke is not happy with the quality of the proposed routes - not direct or convenient enough and not going far enough.

    5.4    In working up individual schemes, it should be noted that this will require more detailed work to be undertaken, such as feasibility assessments to consider any engineering solutions and will require the buy-in of HCC.  In order to progress the actions, it may be necessary to seek funding from external sources, in addition to the scope to use the Borough Council’s capital programme.
5.5 The strategy also includes a proposed Strategic Cycle Network Map for Basingstoke, set out in Appendix Two to this report.  This highlights the main routes into central Basingstoke as identified through initial consultation stages and highlights where new routes and facilities should be focussed, based on connecting broad areas of the town, including the main locations for development in the Local Plan.  It is intended that surrounding areas will feed into these more strategic routes, which will make use of existing routes where possible.  It is acknowledged that some of these routes may include busy junctions, which may not be appropriate for some cyclists at present.  In these situations, it may be necessary to consider alternative solutions at a more local level (e.g. using quieter routes around such junctions).  Implementation of the routes identified on the map will need to be considered in the context of the short / medium / long term actions referred to in paragraph 5.3.
para 7.6 is important as it refers to  Public Sector Equality Duty.  It is essential that cycle routes can be cycled by all types of cyclists on all types of cycle.  Post and gates can cause a major barrier to cycling as also increase distance due to diversions from the direct route.

Cycle Basingstoke will be attending this meeting to help get a quality cycle strategy for the Borough.