Opening date: 21/09/2020


Closing date: 30/11/2020


Contact

Email: EATF@portsmouthcc.gov.uk


Sep photo of Elm GroveWe have been awarded £214,515 in funding from the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund to create temporary schemes to enable social distancing while walking and cycling. These schemes are monitored to ensure they work well for residents, businesses and users.

A decision was made at the Covid Response Board to carry out a three week trial of the cycle lane following support from residents but concerns from local businesses.

Over 900 people shared their views in our recent survey following extensive engagement activity. 32 of these were local businesses of which 72 per cent did not support the scheme. Over 600 people that travel along the route responded with 66 per cent in favour. Local residents’ views were fairly evenly split for and against the plans. For more information view the summary of the feedback.

Other feedback that came from the community were requests for a taxi rank in the area, improvements to Belmont Path and more trees, plants and cycle parking. The council is now looking at options for taxi rank locations and work to make Belmont Path a nicer place to walk through will start in the coming months.

The trial started on 5 November and is due to end on 26 November. The trial cycle lanes are separated from other traffic by plastic bollards attached to the road surface, providing extra protection for cyclists. It is aimed at encouraging those who have taken up cycling during lockdown to continue.

Share your views on the trial scheme .

The survey closes on 22 November so all the feedback can be taken into account and a decision made on the future of the scheme.

If  you have further comments please email us EATF@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Further information

What is planned and why?

As coronavirus transmission rates continue to increase and new restrictions to ensure social distancing are being introduced, it is important that we continue to make temporary improvements to our roads that create space for social distancing while travelling and provide active travel alternatives to public transport and cars. The government funding supports this continued activity.

Elm Grove and Kings Road is a key route in the city and the council has hoped to make improvements for cyclists for some time as part of its strategy to encourage more walking and cycling in the city. The opportunity to introduce the cycle lanes now came up as part of the government’s emergency active travel fund which can be used to make improvements to help people travel in different ways during the pandemic.
The cycle lanes will be separated from other traffic by plastic bollards attached to the road surface, providing extra protection for cyclists. It is aimed at encouraging those who have taken up cycling during lockdown to continue and the survey results showed 12 per cent of non-cyclists would consider using the cycle lanes in the future.

Current bus stops, loading bays and disabled parking on the route will stay in place and new loading areas for businesses will be created along with additional cycle parking.

Parking suspensions will be put in place from 21 October ahead of work to install the cycle lanes the following week.

Throughout the trial, businesses, residents, customers, and people travelling through Elm Grove and Kings Road are encouraged to share their feedback during the three week trial. From this feedback a decision will be made on whether the scheme should be extended or removed.

Share your views on the trial

Share your views on the trial scheme . If  you have further comments please email us EATF@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Next steps

The trial will take place for three weeks. The feedback during the trial, conversations with businesses as well as analysis of the scheme including route usage counts, will help inform a decision on whether the trial is extended or stopped.