Welcome news for cyclists

July 31 2018

WORK to make cycling safer between Downend and Yate is set to be carried out in the next six months.

South Gloucestershire Council has proposed a series of improvements to the Yate Spur, a route linking the Bristol and Bath Railway Path to Yate. 

The plans include providing new marked cycle lanes and warning signs on roads in the Westerleigh area to make cycling safer on sections of the route which do not run on off-road paths.

At present cyclists who leave the Bristol to Bath path at Mangotsfield station can travel from Emersons Green to just south of Westerleigh on off-road paths. But the route then moves on to busy Westerleigh Road, before moving onto Broad Lane and then back onto Westerleigh Road in the middle of the village.

The council is planning to put bike warning signs at the roadside and further markings on the road in Westerleigh, as well as adding bike lanes and removing the centre lines from Shire Way in Yate, which is linked to the route via Besom Lane.

The plans were put out to consultation during July and, subject to any modifications as a result of public comments, the council intends to make the changes by March next year.

It is also looking at a possible future spur route which would link to the Rodford Way/Westerleigh Road roundabout in Yate, from where cyclists could use the town’s “road to nowhere” to reach the railway station.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: “We want to provide and improve cycling infrastructure in South Gloucestershire, so that individuals and families can enjoy the health and environmental benefits. 

 “The next phase of work we want to do is add to the Yate Spur of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path cycle route, particularly in some places where the route takes cyclists close to traffic on the roads, because feeling and being safe is vital to make cycling enjoyable, but also a real alternative to taking the car for some journeys. 

“We have been listening to local residents and users of the path through consultation and we have plans to improve signage and safety for cyclists at points of Westerleigh Road in Westerleigh and Shire Way in Dodington.”