Cash boost for safer cycling
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The council has been awarded £100,000 by the Department for Transport towards the cost of a £275,000 scheme to improve sections of the A38 in Filton and Patchway.
The proposed works will include new crossings, cycle paths and additional signage for sections of the A38 that pose particular safety risks for cyclists.
The proposals will be put out to consultation before work begins and it is hoped that the scheme will be completed by the end of the year.
Chair of the council’s Planning and Transportation Committee Cllr Brian Allinson said: “This is very welcome news. The council is committed to promoting cycling as a healthy and environmentally-friendly alternative to the car and we have already invested significant sums in the district’s cycle and walking network.
“With this additional funding boost we will be able to improve cyclists’ safety at known danger spots where cyclists cross or join the A38. The additional measures will make it easier for cyclists to navigate busy junctions, and to use off-road cycle and walk ways on some highway stretches.”
South Gloucestershire Council has invested significantly in the district’s cycle infrastructure in recent years as part of the joint Cycling City project with Bristol City Council.
The council has also recently announced a further £900,000 in improvements to three key cycle and pedestrian routes (Parkway to Cribbs Causeway, Lockleaze to Cribbs Causeway and Lockleaze to Parkway) supported by funding from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
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