Temporary cycling measures in Chatteris, March and Wisbech
Temporary cycling and walking measures are being put in place across Fenland during the coronavirus crisis to help people get out and socially distance during this pandemic.
The Government has given authorities funding through the Combined Authority, to deliver pop-up cycle lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions and bus-only corridors.
Cambridgeshire County Council has worked closely with Fenland District Council to prepare a list of schemes to get more people walking and cycling which can be delivered over the next eight weeks to support the recovery from coronavirus.
The country is facing a huge public health emergency and these quick measures will support people by helping them to walk and cycle more, whilst creating space pedestrians so they can adhere to the social distance rules and will reduce through traffic to allow us to widen the footpaths.
As part of the government’s ‘emergency active travel fund’, the county council is implementing changes across the county.
In March, cycle priority road markings and lanes will be renewed, cycle parking provision in the town centre will be reviewed and 30 additional bike stands put up.
Speed limits will also be reduced from 30mph to 20mph outside schools,with flashing signage. This will be introduced at Burrowmoor Road from Richmond Avenue to the roundabout on The
Avenue B1101; Maple Grove; Wimblington Road from Saxon Way to Cavalry Park; Cavalry Drive, from the Shires to Upwell Road; County Road, from Robingoodfellows Lane to High School Close.
In both Chatteris and Wisbech cycle parking provision will be reviewed and 30 additional stands put up.
The priority is to get all of these schemes delivered as soon as possible.
Coun Ian Bates, chairman of the Highways and Transport Committee, said: “We have a big project of 90-plus schemes to support walking and cycling across the county. They have been assessed against government guidance, transport benefits, impact on the road space available and the capability to deliver them quickly.
“These are temporary changes which have been developed by the council’s transport team.
“As the economy begins to reopen, there is an urgent need to look at alternative transport, avoid congestion on the roads and help reduce poor air quality. We want to re-allocate road space to allow for safe cycling and walking, and for social distancing as the economy and society transitions out of lockdown.
“While social distancing guidelines remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we need to create space for pedestrians as fewer people will opt to make journeys by public transport.”
Many of the schemes will see changes carried out using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) which will be in place for 18 months, of which the first six months will be the consultation period and people can provide feedback either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Policy and Regulation Team, Highways Depot, Stanton Way, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 6PY.
If the measures are successful, they could be made permanent or more permanent measures could be considered.