Try pilot projects in place of Weyhill cycle scheme

Andover Advertiser: Try pilot projects in place of Weyhill cycle scheme Try pilot projects in place of Weyhill cycle scheme

IN the time since my previous
letter the various councils
have told me that “there isn’t
the scope to provide facilities
such as the Dutch examples...”


They claim that they would
need public and political support
to provide Andover with
Dutch quality infrastructure
that reduces road danger
(rather than increasing it, as I
contend is the case with their
shared-use cycleway proposal).


I have written to the councils
again, this time to propose,
instead, that they conduct
a pilot project with these
two aspects:


Firstly, that the speed limit
is set to 20mph for Weyhill
Road and its surrounding residential
areas.


Secondly, that three bollards
are erected across
Weyhill Road each side of the
railway bridge.


This inexpensive pilot project
would still permit local
people to walk and cycle to the
shops, the schools, the train
station, the council office and
the town centre – they would
cross the railway bridge,
which is about half-way along
Weyhill Road – as normal.


People who choose to drive
to get to the same places can
still do that, too, albeit by
using the ring road for the
longer journeys, which it
turns out doesn’t add much at
all to journey times – about
one minute according to an
online route planner.
 

This inexpensive pilot project
would have the benefit of
making the entire area more
liveable: the very nature of
Weyhill Road would revert to
what Ron Wood referred to in
his letter, namely for use by
‘local traffic only’ as per the
councils’ very own signs!


Andrew Reeves-Hall
Whitchurch

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:42am Sat 7 Jun 14

goodfellers says...

When you travel into Andover, do you use the B3400, the most direct route to Andover, or do you use the A34 and A303.? People rightly like to use the most direct route. When I want to go from Burbidges bakery to Kenyons fruit and veg, by car as I live on the Eastern side of Andover, do you really think I want to travel around the ring road? If your scheme were implemented I would end up doing all my shopping at Tesco.
When you travel into Andover, do you use the B3400, the most direct route to Andover, or do you use the A34 and A303.? People rightly like to use the most direct route. When I want to go from Burbidges bakery to Kenyons fruit and veg, by car as I live on the Eastern side of Andover, do you really think I want to travel around the ring road? If your scheme were implemented I would end up doing all my shopping at Tesco. goodfellers
  • Score: -1

2:36pm Sat 7 Jun 14

andoverben says...

As a resident of Weyhill Rd I would suggest the idea of deliberately blocking the railway bridge - which let's remember was only rebuilt a year or so ago - is even more harebrained than the dangerous plan to put the cycle path across the end of peoples driveways. The scheme is not needed but if you must, put it on the side of the footpath next to the road that would at least appease most of the opponents issues
As a resident of Weyhill Rd I would suggest the idea of deliberately blocking the railway bridge - which let's remember was only rebuilt a year or so ago - is even more harebrained than the dangerous plan to put the cycle path across the end of peoples driveways. The scheme is not needed but if you must, put it on the side of the footpath next to the road that would at least appease most of the opponents issues andoverben
  • Score: 0

5:00pm Sat 7 Jun 14

ilikeandover says...

And the HGVs going to Switch, Banks/HCC depot and McDougalls Mill would go...? And to get a Chinese meal from my favourite takeaway I would have to drive about 5 miles instead of 1.5. That's fuel efficient and saving emissions...
And the HGVs going to Switch, Banks/HCC depot and McDougalls Mill would go...? And to get a Chinese meal from my favourite takeaway I would have to drive about 5 miles instead of 1.5. That's fuel efficient and saving emissions... ilikeandover
  • Score: -2

11:17am Wed 18 Jun 14

pecanuk says...

I can appreciate that local councils are not likely to find political or public support for Dutch quality cycling infrastructure in a town as backward looking as Andover, which is a great pity.

I like the idea of a pilot scheme blocking the Weyhill Road to motorised traffic at the railway bridge, but allowing permeability for pedestrians and cyclists.

Also, the idea of a 20 MPH speed limit for Weyhill Road and surrounding area, is very attractive. Although if the new 20 MPH limit around Floral Way is any indication, many drivers will simply break the law and ignore it.

We need to get away from the idea that the convenience of drivers takes priority over everyone else. No doubt some residents of Weyhill Road have strong feelings on the matter, but they only own their houses, not the road, which is public infrastructure, paid for by all of us.
I can appreciate that local councils are not likely to find political or public support for Dutch quality cycling infrastructure in a town as backward looking as Andover, which is a great pity. I like the idea of a pilot scheme blocking the Weyhill Road to motorised traffic at the railway bridge, but allowing permeability for pedestrians and cyclists. Also, the idea of a 20 MPH speed limit for Weyhill Road and surrounding area, is very attractive. Although if the new 20 MPH limit around Floral Way is any indication, many drivers will simply break the law and ignore it. We need to get away from the idea that the convenience of drivers takes priority over everyone else. No doubt some residents of Weyhill Road have strong feelings on the matter, but they only own their houses, not the road, which is public infrastructure, paid for by all of us. pecanuk
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree