£400k cycle safety scheme for Gloucester Road takes shape

October 01 2013
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A £400,000 scheme to make cycling on Gloucester Road and surrounding streets safer will be taking shape over the next few months.

by Rebecca Day

A £400,000 scheme to make cycling on Gloucester Road and surrounding streets safer will be taking shape over the next few months.

The cash, from the Government and Bristol City Council, will be invested in “filtered permeability”, where cyclists can be exempt from access restrictions on certain residential streets and routes that apply to motor vehicles in a bid to provide cycle routes free from “rat-running” traffic.

Inspired by the Dutch cycling system, it is hoped the Local Cycle Safety scheme will bring “huge” benefits to Gloucester Road.

The scheme will also tackle confrontational junctions on Gloucester Road, where there have been  accidents. Four junctions in total will be addressed, including the Sainsbury’s junction where Gloucester Road meets Zetland Road and Elton Road. A strategy to reduce turning traffic will also be implemented.

The next two to three months will be spent designing the elements. Consultation will then be followed by a trial period of up to 18 months, where temporary signage will be used to determine the best method to enhance cyclists’ safety.

“It’s going to be very flexible, giving us a chance to trial out the scheme,” explains John Richfield, cycling transport designer at Bristol City Council. “Signage will be easily reversible and we aim to talk to as many people as possible.”

He adds: “How many more would cycle through this area if conditions were better? My hope is that everyone who would cycle down Gloucester Road is provided with a safe, alternative route.”

  • Photo: Ian Chittick