Bike lanes for main road into Yate
CYCLE lanes are to be installed on the main road into Yate.
South Gloucestershire Council says work to install the lanes in both directions on the A432 Station Road between B&Q and the council's offices, will start next week – and "make sustainable travel a more attractive option".
The council says it has monitored the area and found many cyclists currently use the pavement rather than the road.
Announcing the change, the council said: "By creating protected, marked cycle lanes on the road...we will make this route much safer for those wishing to cycle between the town centre and Yate station, or to link up with the ring road or Bristol and Bath railway path cycling networks."
A combination of white lines, raised kerbs and planters will separate the bike lanes (pictured, above, in a computer-generated image released by the council) from the main carriageway and there will be double-yellow lines along most of the length of the lanes to stop parked cars from blocking them.
The council says this will "help keep cyclists safe and make it easier for pedestrians to maintain social distancing".
Much of the road already has double-yellow lines.
Station Road will be closed overnight from 8pm to 6am between the B&Q roundabout and the junction with Culvert Avenue from Monday of next week until September 8 while the work is carried out.
The council says all parking along Station Road will be suspended to make way for the bike lanes, except for a small, two-hour parking zone near Yate Railway Station, a small car park near the Whirlpool factory and an off-peak only loading area opposite the same factory.
The council said: "We realise this may call some disruption to residents and for this we apologise, but we need to do all we can to support social distancing and improve sustainable travel routes."
Earlier this year segregated cycle paths on Station Road and Kennedy Way were included in the West of England Combined Authority's walking and cycling strategy for the region, in consultations which closed a week before the lockdown.
Now the council says it will introduce the lanes for an 18-month trial period and ask for public comments before deciding whether to make it permanent and whether to add more measures to "expand the use of cycling as a viable option of travelling around Yate and connecting to the wider cycling network".
It says money for the scheme is coming from the government, which has told all councils to ‘lock in’ the benefits of increases in walking and cycling during the coronavirus pandemic.
A second phase will see the lanes extended "into the heart of Yate Town Centre" during the autumn.
Council cabinet member for transport Steve Reade said: “We want to encourage sustainable transport options for residents, whether that’s for commuting or leisure, so that we can continue to improve our environment and people’s health.
“During the COVID-19 restrictions many of us have taken advantage of quieter roads to get out more on foot and on two wheels and we want to do our part to help make that a more sustainable way of getting around for the longer term.
“These measures for Yate will link up cycling routes right through the town and connect cyclists to the wider network to make cycling a more viable option for getting to work, school and for leisure. The new lanes will make cycling to the station to commute into Bristol and Bath an even more attractive option.
“For the next 18 months we will be listening carefully to public feedback about the scheme and how it is being used so that we can plan for more improvements in the future, to even better connect Yate and the surrounding areas for cyclists.”
The council says residents will be able to access homes on the affected stretch of Station Road while the installation work is carried out but on-street parking will be banned and vehicles left in the way of the work will be removed "where required".
There will not be any changes to the right hand turns into Cranleigh Court Road and Longs Drive.
A public consultation will start from next Monday, August 24, with people able to give their views on the council's consultation page from that date.