Pressure to improve life for cyclists in Bath
Politicians are looking to make Bath a safer place for cyclists.
City MP Don Foster's postbag has been swollen by concern from cyclists keen to see improved facilities.
The issue has been given new political impetus by the Cities Fit for Cycling campaign being waged by The Times.
Mr Foster held a meeting with senior party colleagues on Bath and North East Somerset Council to discuss what is already planned and what else can be done to get more people on their bikes.
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The Liberal Democrat-run authority says one of its key policies – introducing near- blanket 20mph limits in residential streets – will be a major step forward
The council is also helping to fund the new Two Tunnels route between Bath and Midford, and paying for new cycle routes serving the two universities, and a new bridge for cyclists at Batheaston.
In the next financial year, it will be spending £530,000 on cycle-related schemes including work to improve routes used by children to get to school, and introducing cycle lanes at places such as Churchill Bridge.
The council is to promote the British Cycling Federation's Respect initiative which aims to reduce conflict between cyclists and other road users, and to make the most of new Government rules allowing better road signs and the installation of mirrors to allow HGV drivers to overcome blind spots.
The council's transport cabinet member Councilor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem, Combe Down), said: "Our philosophy is to raise awareness that people walking, people on bikes and people driving all have a right to move around safely on our streets. In order for this to happen everyone must be more aware, more tolerant and understanding of others. Our 20mph initiative is designed to redefine the relationship between people and vehicles in local streets, so that the balance shifts towards local people."