Plea for new cycle route to link Peasedown St John with Odd Down
A cyclist is rallying support for a new cycle path linking Peasedown St John with Odd Down in Bath.
Matt Creed, 27, has persuaded council leader Paul Crossley to look into the issue as a way of cutting congestion on the A367 commuter route.
Mr Creed, who lives with his wife Beth in Peasedown, travels seven miles each way to work in Bath at his family's business, Bugler Coaches.
He has suggested that the council could turn the existing pavement alongside the A367 into a shared use path suitable for cyclists wanting a safer way to travel into the city.
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Mr Creed, who is also captain of Somer Valley Cycling Club which has more than 70 members, regularly rides to work but has concerns after several near-misses with cars.
He said: "I really enjoy cycling to work, especially in the summer, but it is risky especially where the road narrows at Dunkerton. You get cars passing far too close or find yourself causing a tailback which annoys other road users.
"It seems crazy to have the pavement which is hardly ever used by walkers when it could be also used by cyclists commuting to work. All it would take is a bit of clearing up and some repairs where there are holes.
"I know of three other people who cycle from here to Bath for work and there must be more people out there who would give it a go if the path was off the road. The bus lane at Odd Down cost a fortune for no distance at all so hopefully this will be a lot cheaper for a lot longer."
Mr Creed says he can cycle to work in around 30 minutes – less than the time he takes to travel from his home to work by car.
He wants people to show their support by adding their voice to the call for the path on a Facebook page he has just set up called Make the Pavement Between Dunkerton & Bath into a Cycle Path.
Mr Crossley praised Mr Creed for his suggestion and said it would now be considered by the council.
He said: "I personally think it is a great idea which would benefit cyclists and other road users on that stretch of road. It is often the case that cyclists going up the hill can find they have a tailback of cars behind them. A cycle path along the pavement would offer an off-road improvement."