Greens propose village links and more road space to make cyclists safer

11 May 2020

 

Mid Suffolk Green Party very much welcomes the policy changes and significant funding introduced by Government in response to recent sharply increased levels of cycling. In response, Green councillors have put forward two immediate proposals which they believe will bring benefits to local communities.

Firstly, Stowmarket Green councillors want to see improved safety for on-road sections of National Cycle Route 51 which passes through the town.

“Government has given councils emergency powers to close roads to benefit cycling and provide more space for socially-distanced exercise. We are proposing that Chilton Avenue, St Peter’s Road and Lowry Way should have barriers in place to stop cars driving straight through, effectively making each road into two cul-de-sacs with residents’ cars readily exiting at either end. This will complete a long safe cycle and pedestrian route from the centre of town out to the countryside in Onehouse”

said Councillor Miles Row, chair of Stowmarket Town Council’s Environment Forum.

Oliver Amorowson, Town and District Councillor for Chilton, concurred:

“Where this has been introduced elsewhere, it’s been shown to provide a safer environment for our children while supporting local street communities to thrive.”

The proposal will initially be put to a meeting of Stowmarket Town Council for consideration, and will need to be signed off by Suffolk County Council, the highways authority.

Secondly, given Government has put forward £250 million to improve infrastructure for cycling, the Greens are calling on Suffolk County Council to bid for money to complete the cycling link between Woolpit and Elmswell.

The need to link these two villages, which share a range of services such as health and education, has been recognised for more than twenty years;”

said councillor Sarah Mansel, a keen cyclist and advocate of sustainable travel, adding

a key strip of land has been in public ownership for many years already and contributions have recently been secured from housing developments in the two villages.”

Councillor Helen Geake who, together with Sarah Mansel represents the two villages on the District Council, added

“More Woolpit people would be able to use the Elmswell rail station if the cycle route was made much safer.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/09/uk-to-invest-cycle-lanes-coronavirus-air-pollution
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52353942

Cycle map of Stowmarket
https://www.suffolkonboard.com/cycle/
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reallocating-road-space-in-response-to-covid-19-statutory-guidance-for-local-authorities/traffic-management-act-2004-network-management-in-response-to-covid-19
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2020/05/09/uk-government-boosts-bicycling-and-walking-with-ambitious-2-billion-post-pandemic-plan/
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reallocating-road-space-in-response-to-covid-19-statutory-guidance-for-local-authorities/traffic-management-act-2004-network-management-in-response-to-covid-19

 






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