A Vision for Cycling Development in Fleet

Fleet Cycling’s vision for cycling infrastructure provision within and around Fleet, Church Crookham, Crookham Village and Elvetham Heath.

A Vision for Cycling Development in Fleet

Fleet Cycling’s vision for cycling infrastructure provision within and around Fleet, Church Crookham, Crookham Village and Elvetham Heath.

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.
  • There should be safe cycle paths to shops in Fleet town centre from all housing areas.
  • There should be safe cycle paths to Hart Leisure Centre – particularly from Crookham Village and from Elvetham Heath.
  • All cycle paths running along a main road should have priority over traffic exiting or entering side roads, thus equivalent priority to cyclists and other traffic riding on the main road.
  • Ideally, cycle paths should be dedicated to cyclists, separated from traffic and pedestrians.
  • Existing cycling infrastructure and links should be completed, to enable access to essential facilities such as Schools, Leisure Centre and Parks
  • Existing cycle paths should be linked to form a cohesive integrated network.
  • Existing cycle paths should be engineered to a common standard – at least as good as Baker Way.

Quick wins: 

    1. Develop a comprehensive map of the cycling network within Fleet, both dedicated cycle lanes and ‘quiet routes’ 
    2. Development of ‘quiet routes’ on existing roads to provide access to town centre, station and schools cycle routes, eg routing cycles along Fitzroy Road to avoid Reading Road North.  This follows the approach used in Central London
    3. Improve cycle signage throughout Fleet and surrounding areas
    4. Improve secure cycle parking facilities within Fleet town centre
    5. Repaint worn-out white lines on existing routes, which will be a precursor to reviewing them for adequacy as soon as possible - we believe some of them are inadequate (e.g., too narrow, too short, too intermittent, surface too broken)
    6. Wherever possible create as much segmentation between traffic and cycle lanes, eg use of rumble strips as on motorway hard shoulder
    7. Add advanced cycle stop lines to key junctions around Fleet and addition of cycle specific traffic lights and signals (eg junction where Reading Road South crosses the Canal)
    8. Enforcement of 20mph zones around Fleet town centre

Medium term developments:

    1. Proper cycle path from the town centre to the rail station. We suggest that the northern footpath of Fleet Road (from Kings Road to the station) is re-engineered to include a cycle path segregated from road traffic.
    2. Cycle path links to Fleet from the new Hartland Village development at Pyestock: a southern link via Norris Bridge to Fleet centre plus a northern link to Fleet Station taking as direct a route as possible. Existing trail south of the train line could be upgraded to form part of this link. 
    3. 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 Berkeley Homes development. Land ownership may preclude this solution so an alternative should be considered via Edenbrook.
    4. Extension of Baker Way near Tavistock Infant School, utilising route of existing rough track and upgrading to a 3 metre wide metalled cycle path link to Netherhouse Moor, linking to Crookham Road. This should also be linked to the new estate under construction in Hitches Lane.
    5. Development of exit from Fleet station to improve safety for cyclists.
    6. Conversion of the Hitches Lane east-side 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 and the new Hitches Lane estate into Calthorpe Park School and Fleet;
    7. Access from south Fleet to the rail 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.

Issued by John Crossley July 2020.