Corsham Town Council Cycling Strategy

Corsham Town Council held its first cycling strategy meeting of recent times on Wednesday 15th May.  The councillors acknowledged that the encouragement of cycling had multiple benefits connected with Corsham’s Strategic Plan and the strong desire to reduce carbon emissions.
 
Whilst a network of separate cycle paths serving Corsham and outwards for commutable distances would be the ideal the following objectives were put forward by the group:
 
  1. Work with Chippenham Town Council to facilitate a safe cycle route between Corsham and Chippenham.
  2. Develop safe cycle routes for functional cycling from residential areas to Corsham town centre and employment areas.
  3. Devise and promote a Corsham family circular cycle route and promote facilities in Katherine Park and Springfield play area.
  4. Consider the development of a slalom track in Corsham for mountain bike riders.
  5. Develop an engagement plan with current and potential cyclists to share ideas and promote schemes.
  6. Installation of additional “usable” cycle racks in the town centre.
 
The Draft Cycle Strategy will be issued for consultation shortly.  I strongly urge you read the document and feed back any comments.  A link to the document will be posted here in due course


2 thoughts on “Corsham Town Council Cycling Strategy

  • Chris Perry

    Just a few things to consider:

    Safe Routes to both the MOD and Leafield Industrial Estate are essential, lorries on Valley Road and through Potley make this very dangerous.

    Whilst the cycle path that runs along Park Lane was a good idea the cyclists need priority over the many roads joining the main road. I have been beeped/shouted at numerous times for not using the path but feel that I am safer on the road than negotiating these junctions. Statistics indicate that the majority of bike/car/pedestrian collision happened at junctions, therefore I prefer to reduce the number of junctions.

    In my opinion, the mark cycle path on Valley Road is ridiculous, again when approaching any junction or crossing the path disappears!

    The marked cycle lane on Hawthorn Hill is frequently blocked by cars queuing for the MOD and also there is a large build up of debris as the lane exits the road to join the path, which is very dangerous to negotiate on two wheels.

    An ideal route to Chippenham would be following the Lacock Road, turning left at the Roebuck and continuing through the lane behind Methuen Park and arriving in Chippenham at the Pheasant Roundabout. I know its unlikely to happen but if these roads were clearly marked as a cycle route, minimum speed 10 miles per hour and cyclist given priority it would be perfect.

    Or similarly turning right off the Biddestone road to Sheldon, past the Rugby pitches using the bridge over the bypass. These routes would only work if cyclist given priority.

    Any route will only be successful if the cyclists feel safe, otherwise, they will use their own route.

    Thank you for listening to my ramblings.

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    • tccadmin Post author

      That's really good feedback and I could not agree more. The design standard for cycle infrastructure that Wiltshire Council use are more than 10 years out of date and serve to prioritise motorised traffic. Hence the Valley Road and Park Lane designs fails. Take a look at the Oxfordshire Design Standards (see below) which prioritise walking and cycling. I hope to post more about this and the new cycle path at Hunters Moon soon.

      https://www2.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/sites/default/files/folders/documents/roadsandtransport/transportpoliciesandplans/newdevelopments/CyclingStandards.pdf

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