Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Urban Living Q27. What are your views on the proposed options for increasing urban living? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 4417537//8
Respondent Local Access Forum [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 08 Jan 2019
Comment

Whilst the remit of the LAF tends to cover the more rural areas of the district, there is one area where it would be possible to make improvements in planning. Whatever density of dwelling NSC settles on for this type of area, the higher the density, the greater the traffic and if NSC is serious about getting people out of cars, there needs to be a huge push to make cycling and mobility vehicle use within the towns safer.  This argues for far greater use of shared cyclist and walker pavements.  However, many elderly people are concerned about this, and many cyclists use pavements when they shouldn't.  The LAF suspects the only way to get round this is to make sure that signage regarding which pavements can and can't be used by all groups is crystal clear, and possibly by  greater use of 'lane' markings.  Without this, cyclists will be put off using bikes because of the traffic, and residents will be nervous of using pavements to walk and use mobility vehicles.  By the same token, parking on pavements should be much more actively discouraged.  This should be an easy win in respect of NSC's task of encouraging healthy lifestyles. 

Summary
There needs to be a huge push to make cycling and mobility vehicle use within the towns safer - shared cyclist and walker pavements.
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