Refuse to Accept 20 MPH Two-Way Cycle Tracks on Village High Street Pavements
Village, Town and City Pavements are a vital part of our street scene and are a completely inappropriate place for riding bicycles.
All the UK guidelines and standards acknowledged that reallocating pavements as cycle tracks is highly inadvisable. There are rare exceptions where pavements (called footways in the highway manuals) might be used for cycling:
- Tracks parallel to remote rural roads, carrying only low volumes of walking and cycling traffic, can reasonably be designed as shared use paths.
- Vastly wide city pavements where walking and cycling can be safely segregated, preferably with pedestrians and cyclists separated by a kerb, can safely accommodate cyclists.
It is self evident that in all other circumstances cycling on pavements is undesirable for a multitude of reasons. Some footpaths and bridal ways might be suitable for cycling. However unsegregated pavements/footways adjacent to roads that form the high streets of towns and villages are not suitable places to site heavily used cycle-ways!
Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council and Highways England Want to Re-Engineer Village High St Pavements into Fast Two-Way Cycle Track.
Our local authorities are rapidly producing schemes to remove cyclists from our road by moving them onto the pavements. This is presumably to avoid responsibility for town planning needed to handle increasing levels of traffic. Removing cyclists from the road may slightly increase road capacity for motor vehicles but relocating them onto pavements will come at a huge expense to the future prospects for walking and cycling in the area.
Of particular concern are plans to remove existing cycle lanes on the road between Chichester and Emsworth and move the cycle way onto the pavements where the A259 passes through the harbour towns and villages. A link to a copy of the Feasibility Study is available here.
ChiAction are Organising a Campaign to Save Local Pavements and Demand any Highway Improvements Must Meet UK Highway Standards.
- Pavements to remain exclusively for pedestrian use only
- Resident’s right to walk safely and with confidence
- Cyclists and pedestrians safely separated at road crossings
- Highway design that meets appropriate UK standards
- Design where all road users can coexist in harmony
Refuse to Accept:
- Fast 20 Mph two-way cycle traffic on your pavement
- Young, vulnerable or elderly residents being too frightened to walk
- Cyclists riding across the mouths of driveways and junctions
- Poor highway design that fails to meet minimum UK standards
- Conflict and anger between all road users at dangerous crossings
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