Bournemouth, Latest News, Motoring | Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at 12:28 pm | return to news

Cycling measures could stop motoring rat run

Cyclists and walkers will find life much easier in parts of Bournemouth from 17 August.


The measure to help create a low traffic neighbourhood will start at Victoria Park between the junctions with Oates Road and Namu Road. It is hoped it will also discourage motorists from using the area as a short cut between Boundary Road and Wimborne Road, close to the Bournemouth Blind Society and St John’s School.

BCP Council is implementing the trial scheme under an experimental traffic regulation order and residents will have the opportunity to have their say on the changes over the next six months before any decision is made on making the scheme permanent.

Victoria Park Road forms part of the east-west cycle route from Bearwood to Moordown via West Howe and Ensbury Park. This cycle route also connects to Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus and Glenmoor and Winton Academies.

Cllr Andy Hadley, portfolio holder for Transport, BCP Council, said, “With more people taking to cycling and walking during the coronavirus lockdown these measures are being trialled in response to the Government’s emergency active travel fund, and will contribute to the Council’s commitment to our area becoming carbon neutral.

“With a reduced capacity on the bus services due to social distancing requirements, these measures will help children and parents travelling to and from schools in the area by making it easier and safer to travel by bike, scooter or on foot, reducing the need to travel by car.”

Timber planters and bollards will be installed at the junction to reduce through traffic. Access to properties will be maintained and the scheme will not include pedestrianisation of the street. There will be no loss of parking.

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