A Vision for Cycling Development in Fleet

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This set of aspirations has been developed by a group of cyclists interested in providing better cycling provision in our town. If you read this and have any comments then please send them to colin@fleetcycling.org.uk

Objectives

  • Everyone should be able to cycle safely in Fleet Town and the immediate surrounding Parishes;
  • Children should be able to cycle safely to school on dedicated traffic free cycle paths;
  • Safe cycle paths to shops in Fleet Town Centre;
  • Safe cycle paths to the Leisure Centre – particularly from Crookham Village and from Elvetham Heath.
  • All cycle paths running along a main road, should give priority to cyclists on the cycle path over traffic exiting or entering the side road to/from the main road. Equivalent to cyclists progressing along the main road;
  • Ideally, cycle paths should be dedicated to cyclists, separated from traffic and pedestrians.
Development of Existing Cycling Infrastructure and links to complete access to essential facilities such as Schools, Leisure Centre and Parks

 

  • Existing cycle paths should be linked to to form a cohesive integrated network.
  • Existing cycle paths should be engineered to a common standard – as good as Baker Way.
  • Quick wins: –
    • Develop the existing map created by the working group to show a leisure trail circumnavigation of Fleet (refer to Graham Jones’s map)
    • Seek quiet routes on existing roads to provide access to town centre, station and schools and seek a budget to provide cycle signs.
    • Worn-out white lines on existing routes should be renewed, even though some of these routes are not considered by the group to be adequate.
  • Suggested priority order for development:
    • Proper cycle path from the Town Centre to the Station (suggestion that the northern footpath of Fleet Road (from Pearsons Corner to the Station) is re-engineered to be a cycle path segregated from road traffic;
    • Cycle path links to Fleet from the new Hartland Park development. Southern link from Norris Bridge to Fleet plus a cycle path North of Pyestock along Cove Road.
    • Segregated cycle path extension from near Reading Road/Hitches Lane roundabout to Leisure Centre and Calthorpe Park School – cycle path running along the westerly side of the road and also serving the new Berkley Homes development. Land ownership may preclude this solution so an alternative should be considered via Edenbrook;
    • Extension of Baker Way near Tavistock Infant School, utilising existing rough track and upgrading to a 3 metre wide metalled cycle path link to Netherhouse Moor. Linking to Crookham Road;
    • Conversion of the Hitches Lane easterly footpath from Calthorpe Park School to Pilcot Road to provide a shared cycle path/footpath segregated from the road, thus providing safe access from Crookham Village;
    • South Fleet access to the Station via Oakley Park. Conversion of footpaths through the park from Albany Road and Connaught Road (via Burnside) to cycle paths exiting Oakley Park on Kings Road. Traffic light (cyclist operated) crossing of Kings Road and a short segregated cycle path along Kings Road to access Kent Road then via Chestnut Grove and Fleet Pond to the Station. Possible future extension of this path via a cycling bridge over the Basingstoke Canal.
Possible Future Development of New Cycling Infrastructure

 

  • Pedestrian/Cycling friendly Town Centre. A plan should be developed to improve cycling infrastructure within the town centre at the expense of car parking along Fleet Road except for disabled parking. Better safe cycle parking. Fleet Town Council and Hart District Council should be asked to provide cycle parking within existing car parks.
Development of cycle usage as every day transport in the Town by training and education

 

  • To be developed
Education of Councillors, Town Planners to understand the benefits that cycling brings – reduced traffic and a healthier population.

 

  • To be developed but THINK NETHERLANDS

Prepared by Colin Waters, Secretary, Fleet Cycling following meetings with Mike Mellor, Ken Crooks, Steve Forster, Mike Fox and Graham Jones.

Issued by Colin Waters on 5th January 2018 (Denoted as Issue 2)