Proposals to move ahead with Active Travel Fund Schemes will boost sustainable transport options and enable more people to walk and cycle safely in Bath, say B&NES Lib Dems.
The government’s Active Travel Fund aims to reallocate road space and build long-term walking and cycling habits, to help improve health and air quality and tackle congestion and carbon emissions.
The government has said that half of all journeys will have to be made via active travel means by 2030, as part of our efforts to tackle the climate emergency.
B&NES Council consulted on three routes for improvement under the Active Travel Fund earlier this year. Cabinet members will consider the next steps on these schemes at their meeting on 23 June.
At the same meeting, Cabinet will also agree the first phase of Liveable Neighbourhoods schemes. This is a separate policy, which has been put in place by the Lib Dem administration and which aims to create quieter, safer neighbourhoods with residents through co-design and consultation.
Lib Dem Council Group Leader, Councillor Kevin Guy commented:
“We have consistently said we would deliver supported active travel schemes and that we would listen to residents, ward Councillors and key local stakeholders.
“The government required our proposals at short notice, but often residents have a better understanding of traffic movement than government ministers. Now we have consulted, we have a chance to improve the proposals to make them the best they can be for all residents of Bath.
“There is no change to our commitment to supporting sustainable transport and tackling the climate emergency. The Active Travel Fund represents a huge opportunity to create high quality routes, increasing the number of people who are enabled to walk and cycle, but we have to get it right to build consensus and avoid wasting money.”
Bathwick Councillor Yukteshwar Kumar said:
“I am glad that we are listening to local people on the City Centre to University scheme. The section of it which was supported is being progressed, Beckford Road, but on North Road, whilst some people did like the proposals there were many concerns, so it’s right that we go back to the drawing board and consult widely on the best routes for cycling and walking to the university. I look forward to working on improved plans with the Council, residents and other key stakeholders in the coming months.”