There have been lots of conversations about cycling across Heaton in the past few months and Tom and Mark have been asking for the overall plans to be “joined up”.
Rather than just sitting back Mark has proposed the idea of a Heaton cycle network to the council, so that we make the most of our quieter streets for cycling and make sure everything gets connected.
The principle is to create a grid pattern with about a 500 metre interval between routes in any direction. Whenever traversing Chillingham Rd or Heaton Rd doing it as close as possible to an existing pedestrian crossing. The orange routes are the new elements and the various shades of blue (either cycle way, defined cycling road or wide footpath) are what exists. Then the big arrows show where the more "long distance cyclists" would enter and leave Heaton.
The idea would be to start with the cycling route blue signs and then progressively work on improving the key junctions which is where the most accidents happen. This could be the path from St Albans to the Benton Rd - Coast Rd Junction, or the Cartington Terrace - Chillingham Rd junction.
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I support the campaign for the creation of a joined up Cycle Network in Heaton, that starts with marked cycle routes and progresses to improving the key junctions to prevent accidents.