CycleBath ‘manifesto’ to improve cycling and walking in Bath

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CycleBath have been working on a proposal for improvements in cycling and walking infrastructure in Bath at the invite of the new cabinet member for transport, Mark Shelford.

The 60 page proposal comes up with a list of relatively low cost short and medium term ideas to improve cycling and walking in Bath. As the report points out Bath is already a very walkable city with almost 50% of residents walking or cycling to work, the 4th highest in the country after Cambridge, Your and Oxford. However, despite this Bath has a low proportion of cyclists (6%), potentially as a result of its steep hills, and a significant air pollution problem.

Included in the proposal are:

  • a minimum and increasing spend on cycling and walking infrastructure
  • adopting good design standards for cycle paths which are wide enough for mobility vehicles (minimum widths, painted red)
  • develop a comprehensive and integrated network of cycle paths
  • rationalise the ownership of paths into a single B&NES Council department (currently split between Parks, and Highways)
  • Set ward level targets for modal transport splits (what proportion of each type of mode of transport is used)
  • Traffic flows used in council analysis to include walking and cycling not just cars
  • Reduce pedestrian crossing waits for pedestrians from up to 45 seconds down to 7 seconds
  • Recognise the public health benefits (and NHS savings) of cycling (45% reduction in cancer, heart disease, dying)
  • Create exclusion zones around schools to stop pupils being dropped off by car, to encourage walking and cycling (up to 50% of Bath’s traffic congestion is caused by the school run)
  • Upgrading the NextBike rental scheme to electric bikes which can be better used on Bath’s steep hills
  • About 30 small ‘projects’ which will improve cycling – including changes to junctions, short cycle link paths
  • A series of larger ‘schemes’, including:
    • secure on street bike in streets with high numbers of flats
    • all public buses to include cycle racks
    • Bath Living Heart (traffic restrictions in centre of town)
    • ‘Scholars Way’ – a cycle network to link 13 educational establishments and 22,000 students on Bath’s southern plateau
    • Keynsham to Bristol/Bath cycle path connection
    • More pedestrian and cycle friendly road junction layouts
    • Resurfacing the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath between Bathampton and Bradford on Avon

The proposal is also summarised and discussed in this Bath Chronicle article.