We are asking businesses, residents and anyone who enjoys Cotham Hill to make suggestions on how to make walking and cycling easier and how to improve the general street environment.
Over the summer, the council provided more space for walking and cycling on our streets to support social distancing during COVID-19. This included using temporary barriers to widen pavements and to provide protected bike lanes. We have been flexible with our approach and we have been listening to suggestions from local people for improvements to support high streets and help people get around safely both during the pandemic and in the long-term.
The council has now secured further funding from the government’s Active Travel fund to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists while public transport capacity is reduced. As a result, we are looking for suggestions on how we can improve a number of busy neighbourhood roads and high streets. We are looking at a number of roads, including Cotham Hill, with the aim to:
- Maximise enjoyment of the areas being considered
- Minimise rat running
- Improve access for all
- Create more liveable neighbourhoods with less traffic congestion and pollution.
The government funding must improve cycling and walking journeys. Changes could include:
- Consistent or timed traffic restrictions to stop motorists cutting through community hubs
- Changes to the road layout or direction
- Wider pavements
- New protected bike lanes
It is essential that we listen to local views before drawing up any detailed proposals and we remain flexible. The council’s aim is to ensure any change to the street environment benefits the whole community and supports businesses to stay and thrive in the area with increased footfall.
We will only deliver a scheme if the community as a whole and the traders are happy with it. Below is a survey asking local people to think about Cotham Hill and comment on what is working well and what could be improved. The overall the aim of any scheme will be to support the local businesses, grow economic benefits, improve air quality with less pollution, and make it easier to walk and cycle within the local community.
Your suggestions will help us design improvements to Cotham Hill that will work for everyone. We will work with the community to co-design a scheme and there will be further public engagement early next year on any detailed proposals that emerge before anything is decided or finalised.