Bournemouth, Latest News, Lifestyle | Posted: Monday, August 17th, 2020 at 2:41 pm | return to news

Introduction of cycle routes on Bournemouth cliff tops

If you fancy a walk or cycle ride along Boscombe Overcliff Drive and Southbourne Overcliff Drive, life will be a little more pleasant for you from next week.

Responding to the government’s emergency active travel fund, BCP Council’s trial scheme will be implemented with restrictions between Shelley Park and Chessel Avenue, and between Portman Crescent and Seaward Avenue.

From week commencing 24 August, motorised traffic will no longer be able to use these two locations as a through route. Access to properties by car, to car parking spaces and businesses will be maintained. This will provide an enhanced alternative to cycling along the promenade, whilst enabling people to follow social distancing guidance.

The closures will be carried out using bollards and timber planters along with appropriate signage. The modal filters are also designed to allow safer pedestrian crossing of Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drives and to access the seafront.

Cllr Andy Hadley, portfolio holder for Transport, BCP Council commented, “As a seafront location we know residents enjoy walking in this area but the current infrastructure and through traffic makes social distancing quite challenging.”

A consultation on the changes will run for six months, to have your say, visit

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