Hopes for a cycle route in Somerton
TOWN councillors are hoping to set up a cycle route in Somerton that could involve a one-way road system on West Street
Councillor Margaret Chambers told the access and highways committee meeting last week that she had been discussing a cycle route with housing developers.
She said she has put forward ideas for how a designated path for cyclists could be incorporated into David Wilson Homes’ proposals for housing off of Ricksey Lane.
The company sought the views of locals at a consultation last month for its plans for up to 150 homes at the site, but has not yet applied for planning permission.
Mrs Chambers said: “I have prepared a paper with ideas for how we could create a cycle route for the possible Ricksey Lane development.
“There is a big focus on cycling at the moment and we need to take this opportunity to make Somerton safer for cyclists and pedestrians.”
Councillor Ian Neale suggested creating a one-way system along West Street to give cyclists more space.
He said: “I think it’s time the council did something to provide a safe route for cyclists – they are constantly dodging traffic and parked cars.”
The town council is now awaiting information from Somerset County Council to find out what could be done.
Dean Ruddle, chairman of the access and highways committee, said there will be some limitations due to the narrow width of the roads and pavements and they would have to explore the options.
Speaking after the meeting, town clerk Rodger Calderwood said Mrs Chambers was currently looking at a cycle route on a personal basis.
But he added that the town council would look at the issue when it receives a response from the county council.
He said in order to widen the pavements on West Street, the council may have to create a one-way system, or look at using a priority system where only one car can pass through at a time. He said traffic lights may also be considered.