Christchurch Needs Safe Cycle Lanes

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Created January 20, 2015 by adrian bowden


Cycling in christchurch is extremely dangerous, due to the fact we have no safe cycle lane infrastructure. Over two thousand children use Barrack Road and Fairmile, to get to Twynham, Priory and Christchurch infants/juniors schools. These are two of the busiest roads in dorset, and to have no provision to protect children from accident on these roads is unacceptable. Sections of these roads have some of the highest accident rates in the county. There are ‘some’ cycle lane markings on these roads, but they are unsuitable, discontinuous and dangerous with no physical separation or protection from speeding traffic. Christchurch council should be looking after the young people of our community, as well as promoting healthy living, fitness, sustainable transport and pollution reduction. So far, despite numerous letters and meetings, they are not showing any signs of addressing the situation. The principal transport planner at dorset county council is fully supportive of this initiative, however, without support from the local councillors, nothing will happen. Christchurch is ideal for cycling and decent cycle lanes as it’s relatively flat with under 5km distances from the town centre to residential areas. In order for the council to take any action, we need to demonstrate local support for improvements.

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