Cyclist takes dim view of cycle path
8:50am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
AN EXTENSION of a cycle path along Kingsdown Road does not go far enough, according to a campaigner who recieved more than 300 signatures on a petition to secure the road.
Work has been carried out to extend the cycle path to link up with the nearby B&Q site, as well as replacing the bridge parapet over the A419 and changing the width of the carriageways.
Chris Passmore, 52, of Beechcroft Road, collected the signatures to persuade the council to make the area safe for cyclists by extending the cycle route along the full length of the road and installing proper lighting.
Work was completed on September 24, but was carried out as part of the private G.Park Swindon development to allow access to the DIY store. It included resurfacing work and installing two way traffic signals.
But Chris is disappointed the council are holding off on responding to his petition, and is urging them to take action to allow him and other cyclists to use the route without being placed in danger.
“My idea to get the petition going was so we could travel safely from point A to point B, but this does not go far enough,” he said.
“The work has now finished and it is not nearly enough in my opinion. It should have got a lot further. There is no lighting, which is badly needed for cyclists. With the days getting darker it is far from safe sometimes.
“They say there is no money to carry out the work, but the council got £4.47m from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to develop the network. I have been around all the cycle routes in Swindon but this has by far the most need.
“It is a B-road and because there is no lighting on a stretch of it it can be extremely dangerous, particularly around the old railway bridge on part of it.”
Chris, who works as a facilities operator at South Marston Industrial Estate, said he would look at alternative routes to work if they wouldn’t take him so far out of the way.
“If I took a different route it would take me a lot longer to get to work,” he added. “Even if you drive it can be quite hazardous. It is about getting through to them to get it done, because it has been a long time coming. They should have continued with the work.”
A spokesman for Swindon Council said: “It is an aspiration to continue the cycle route along Kingsdown Road to link up with the network on Highworth Road.
“But this is dependent on us obtaining the necessary funding.”
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