21 March 2021
An introduction by Cllr Bridget Petty, NSC Executive Member for Climate Emergency and Environment
Followed by Q&A and discussion
North Somerset Council (NSC) has an ambitious plan to make walking and cycling the natural choice for a cleaner, healthier and more active North Somerset. Their draft Active Travel Strategy aims to increase the number of journeys undertaken by walking and cycling by at least 300% by 2030.
Quiet Lanes = Rural Lanes Network?
The aim is to restrict access by motor vehicles to a ‘Rural Lanes network’ between Clevedon, Yatton, Nailsea and Backwell (see plan on next page).
The intention is to allow essential motor vehicle access where needed. For example, residents, landowners, businesses, pubs and hospitality venues will continue to have motor vehicle access for all their needs and those of visitors, clients, employees, suppliers and customers. The aim is to address ‘rat running’ and inappropriate (especially HGV) use of the Rural Lanes network.
The resulting reduction in ‘through traffic’ will create a more pleasant, inviting and safer environment for Active Travel users whilst preserving the rural nature of the area.
In some locations, after further consultation, the “access only” restriction could be supported by measures, such as reductions in speed limits, entrance gateways, traffic calming features and physical measures to close roads to motor vehicles.
NSC have opened a consultation on this proposal. You can read more about here.
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