Working parties to thrash out Bath's cycling priorities
Seven working parties have been set up to help prioritise the spending of £500,000 on new cycling projects in the Bath area.
More than 50 people attended a meeting called by Bath and North East Somerset Council transport cabinet member Councillor Roger Symonds at the Guildhall last week.
The authority has set aside the money to be spent on projects to encourage cycling over the next year.
Mr Symonds (Lib Dem, Combe Down) said he was pleased with the ideas which emerged at the meeting, at which he was keen to get the views of ordinary riders who were not necessarily members of cycling groups.
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Hundreds of post-it notes were collected at the meeting, and have now been divided into seven topic headings: behaviour, communications, legal issues, cycling infrastructure, funding, routes and schools.
Mr Symonds said ideas varied from small-scale schemes that could easily be done to long-term “blue-sky thinking” which would be fed into the council’s new cycling strategy.
He said: “We want to get quite a few projects done which are very visible, so there are tangible signs of action.”
The working parties - all made up of volunteers - will report back with their priorities.
Mr Symonds is working with cycling champion Councillor Nigel Roberts.