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WC building another crap cycle track

December 10, 2021 8:45 PM

Wiltshire Council is notorious for making short stretches of cyclepaths that don't really go anywhere or serve any useful purpose. Now it's to spend half a million on a route from The Halve to Stancombe Avenue in Trowbridge - a distance of about 300 yards.

Here's the press release:

New walking and cycling facilities on Hilperton Road, Trowbridge, will make it easier to leave the car at home

Wiltshire Council is installing new walking and cycling facilities on Hilperton Road in Trowbridge in the new year to encourage people to leave their cars at home for shorter journeys.

A temporary cycling facility was previously installed on the road as a response to the pandemic. This will be removed and will be replaced with a more permanent solution for a larger section of the road, including widening of the footway to create a separate footway and cycle track for pedestrians and cyclists, plus signal-controlled toucan crossings. This will be achieved while still allowing ample room for two-way traffic to move freely along the road.

The proposed 3 metre wide cycle track, which runs alongside the existing 2 metre wide footpath, begins at the County Way roundabout, with a new toucan crossing at that end of Hilperton Road enabling pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely. At this point, the route links to Bellefield Crescent to the north, and the existing shared use path to County Way to the south. The cycle track then continues along Hilperton Road, with a raised table giving priority to cyclists and walkers across Stancomb Avenue. Finally, there is a new toucan crossing close to Quarterway Lane, and the lane will be resurfaced to make it suitable for cyclists.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "These new walking and cycling facilities will make it easier and safer for people to choose to walk and cycle for short journeys rather than take their car.

"This is particularly helpful for the three schools in the area, as it will give children and their parents a safer route to and from school on foot, by bike or on scooters.

"We know that not everyone can leave the car at home to walk or cycle, but for those that can, this new route will help. Creating safer and more convenient routes for walking and cycling, particularly for shorter journeys, will help our residents to live healthier lives, reduce the number of vehicles on our roads, lower carbon emissions and improve air quality.

"Work will start in January 2022, and we look forward to the new facilities being complete by the spring."

The new facilities will make it easier and safer for parents and children to make journeys to and from Silverwood School, Paxcroft Primary School and Bellefield Primary School on foot, by bike or on a scooter. They also help to link with the residential areas to the north and south of Hilperton Road as part of the Trowbridge Town Cycle Network, as well as providing an improved route to and from the town centre and other local amenities.

The cycle track also improves pedestrian safety by removing cyclists from the pedestrian space on the footway, while improving access into Bellefield Crescent will enable the route to be used by wheelchair users.

The work, which is expected to cost around £480,000 including the resurfacing of the road, will be mainly paid for using housing developer contributions.

To find out more about the scheme and the route, people should see: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/highways-new-active-travel-schemes.