Residents and businesses in Keynsham have been notified of enhancements being made to the cycle lane on the High Street following feedback received on the recently completed road scheme.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is carrying out the works following a road safety audit (stage 3) of the scheme which found no fundamental issues with the design or construction.
However, the audit took into account data including trips and falls and, following a further design, a number of enhancements that could be made to improve the visibility ofthe cycle lane.
The council will carry out overnight works on August 2 and 3 to implement the new measures which are:
- Install red tarmac through the length of cycle lane to enhance demarcation
- Reduce the width of the solid white line marking the edge of the cycle lane, in line with Department for Transport standards
- Increase the number of cycle symbol markings along the cycle lane
The works will be carried out between 7pm and 7am and will mean the High Street will be closed to traffic while the works take place.
The cycle lane will also be closed during the daytime on August 3.
Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport, said:
People’s safety is our first priority we have listened to concerns from residents and sought advice to solve the issues that have been raised
We are acting on both recommendations from the audit and the design exercise. We will also add some extra planters in the forthcoming months, which we hope will further improve safety by directing people more clearly towards the pedestrian crossings. We are sorry for any inconvenience while the improvement works are carried out next week, we are working hard to minimise disruption to the High Street.
We are keeping the High Street under close review and will be meeting on a quarterly basis with the Highway Authority to ensure safety is maintained.
The Stage 3 Road Safety Audit interim report was issued on the June 22 and can be found on the council’s website here.
Find out more about the Keynsham High Street scheme here