We 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