Stratton father highlights cycling safety concerns

Stratton father highlights cycling safety concerns

Richard Woods with his sons Andrew, 8 and Matthew, 11 (8509966)

Richard Woods with his sons Matthew, 11 and Andrew, 8 next to a collection of posts on the cycle path (8509972)

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A POTENTIALLY dangerous cycle path has prompted one Stratton resident to question why children are being allowed to ride alongside a dual carriageway.

Richard Woods is concerned that when his eleven-year-old son starts at Deer Park next year he will be cycling less than 2 metres from traffic speeding the other direction.

Having spoken to councillors and the school Richard feels as though he has nowhere left to turn on the issue as he has been met with assurances that there have been no accidents so far and occasionally no response at all.

After speaking about the issue to several other parents who are planning to send their children to the school he learned that they generally agreed with him but did not feel strongly enough to champion the cause themselves.

Richard described the inaction as insane and shared his fears that no action will be taken until a child is hurt on the road.

He said: “I don’t think the likelihood of an accident is insignificant, but the consequences are unthinkable.

“There seems to be no interest in it and I think it’s lethal.”

Richard pointed out that almost £1million has been allocated to Gloucestershire County Council for cycling infrastructure improvements but this funding has been given to projects in Cheltenham and Gloucester.

He voiced his frustration at the council, saying: “Why are they letting all this money be spent on just Gloucester and Cheltenham? I just don’t know.”

Addressing the issue the Head Teacher of Cirencester Deer Park School Ms. Chiquita Henson explained that the school did have discussions with the highways agency when the cycle path was marked.

She said that the school plans to review its current travel plan and added: “To date we have not had any issue with this and no current parent has raised any concern.”

“However, we are concerned to ensure all of our pupils’ safety and would be open to a conversation with the council about how we might be able to work together to improve the route to and from school.”

A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council responded by saying: “We are not aware of a safety issue along this route but we are always willing to listen to any resident who is concerned.”

Please send your views to eca@wiltsglosstandard.co.uk or comment below.

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9:51pm Tue 22 Jul 14

123Referee says...

~In the grand scheme of thing he has a point. However has the world really gone mad. The road is no more dangerous than 30 years ago, when no children wore helmets. and we all had over shoulder bags not rucksacks. We have to let our children face the risks of life at some stage otherwise we will breed a generation of risk averse adults who will lose out in life.

The most dangerous place to be sorted is the last 100 metres where the roadside near the houses is so overgrown, then parked on by SJP and College students its impossible not to drive over the cycle path, with cars, Caravans, Horseboxes etc.

That is where he needs to direct his Ire, as the accident will happen there.
~In the grand scheme of thing he has a point. However has the world really gone mad. The road is no more dangerous than 30 years ago, when no children wore helmets. and we all had over shoulder bags not rucksacks. We have to let our children face the risks of life at some stage otherwise we will breed a generation of risk averse adults who will lose out in life. The most dangerous place to be sorted is the last 100 metres where the roadside near the houses is so overgrown, then parked on by SJP and College students its impossible not to drive over the cycle path, with cars, Caravans, Horseboxes etc. That is where he needs to direct his Ire, as the accident will happen there. 123Referee
  • Score: -1

9:59pm Tue 22 Jul 14

timh-g says...

If your that worried about it, push your bike on the pavement for the 300m of cycle path which next to the road!

Or get the bus from stratton!
If your that worried about it, push your bike on the pavement for the 300m of cycle path which next to the road! Or get the bus from stratton! timh-g
  • Score: 2

10:13am Wed 23 Jul 14

David Broad says...

It is almost painfully obvious that a barrier is needed between carriageway and cycle path, at the top of the hill were the path is narowest just a lightweight barrier to keep pedestrians and cycles clear of the Carriageway.
I will ask a colleague from Cotswold Conservatives to contact Mr Woods to discuss this matter further as if nothing gets done about it quickly it ought to be an election issue for next May
It is almost painfully obvious that a barrier is needed between carriageway and cycle path, at the top of the hill were the path is narowest just a lightweight barrier to keep pedestrians and cycles clear of the Carriageway. I will ask a colleague from Cotswold Conservatives to contact Mr Woods to discuss this matter further as if nothing gets done about it quickly it ought to be an election issue for next May David Broad
  • Score: 0

10:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

I agree with Mr Woods. I wrote to the highways many years ago about the speed of traffic on this stretch of road. I do not know of any other dual carriageway that has a path running alongside that allows such speed. This stretch of road should be 40mph limit. It is very simple to change and costs nothing, instead the highways will wait for a schoolchild to be killed and then 'look in to it'. People have been killed here. only a few years ago students from the college died after rolling their car at speed and recently a car went through the bus shelter at speed, which would have killed people had they been there.

Mr Woods will not be pleased to hear that the highway agency responded to my concerns over pedestrians by stating that the cycle lane will allow some sort of 'protection' should a car leave the carriageway?? A ridiculous and dangerous statement.
I agree with Mr Woods. I wrote to the highways many years ago about the speed of traffic on this stretch of road. I do not know of any other dual carriageway that has a path running alongside that allows such speed. This stretch of road should be 40mph limit. It is very simple to change and costs nothing, instead the highways will wait for a schoolchild to be killed and then 'look in to it'. People have been killed here. only a few years ago students from the college died after rolling their car at speed and recently a car went through the bus shelter at speed, which would have killed people had they been there. Mr Woods will not be pleased to hear that the highway agency responded to my concerns over pedestrians by stating that the cycle lane will allow some sort of 'protection' should a car leave the carriageway?? A ridiculous and dangerous statement. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 3

10:25am Wed 23 Jul 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

David Broad.... this should have been done YEARS ago. Just because an election is coming up you are going to help!! I have spent 8 years banging on about this, where were you then????? This is a simple thing to change.... just whack a sign up saying 40mph, job done... we should not have to campaign and go through all of this.... perhaps if the people who make there silly decisions walked this path everyday, or their children did, they might quickly change it!
David Broad.... this should have been done YEARS ago. Just because an election is coming up you are going to help!! I have spent 8 years banging on about this, where were you then????? This is a simple thing to change.... just whack a sign up saying 40mph, job done... we should not have to campaign and go through all of this.... perhaps if the people who make there silly decisions walked this path everyday, or their children did, they might quickly change it! Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

MR DOBBY says...

WE LIVE SO FAR AWAY FROM GLOS / CHEL WERE ALL THE MONEY IS SPENT THEY DONT CARE ITS ONLY CIREN.
WE ONLY JUST COME INTO GLOUSTERSHIRE SO THEY HOPE WE WILL FALL OVER THE BOUNDARY INTO WILTSHIRE.
WE LIVE SO FAR AWAY FROM GLOS / CHEL WERE ALL THE MONEY IS SPENT THEY DONT CARE ITS ONLY CIREN. WE ONLY JUST COME INTO GLOUSTERSHIRE SO THEY HOPE WE WILL FALL OVER THE BOUNDARY INTO WILTSHIRE. MR DOBBY
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

mr fleas says...

He has a point. Though I know the cycle routes from Stratton to the college well and I think there are more dangerous and hazardous sections along this route. Cycling provision through town is lamentable.

It's a pity the Bathursts can't permit cycling through their park (and along the track past the cricket/tennis club to the rear of the college) as this would not only cut out the dual carriageway section but the section of Park St. becoming known as the pot hole run (to say nothing of the many pedestrians stepping off the narrow pavement there to pass one another).
He has a point. Though I know the cycle routes from Stratton to the college well and I think there are more dangerous and hazardous sections along this route. Cycling provision through town is lamentable. It's a pity the Bathursts can't permit cycling through their park (and along the track past the cricket/tennis club to the rear of the college) as this would not only cut out the dual carriageway section but the section of Park St. becoming known as the pot hole run (to say nothing of the many pedestrians stepping off the narrow pavement there to pass one another). mr fleas
  • Score: 2

11:03pm Wed 23 Jul 14

oldsmokey0 says...

On a similar topic of speeding traffic and children, they say the most dangerous place on a motorway is on the hard shoulder. Yet Glos. Highways, Cotswold District Council etc., allow our Cirencester children to walk to and from school Deer Park school up the Tetbury Road next to a 70 mph dual carriage way protected only by a 4 inch kerb stone. It is just as bad for people walking on the other side to and fro from the hospital to Chesterton.
On a similar topic of speeding traffic and children, they say the most dangerous place on a motorway is on the hard shoulder. Yet Glos. Highways, Cotswold District Council etc., allow our Cirencester children to walk to and from school Deer Park school up the Tetbury Road next to a 70 mph dual carriage way protected only by a 4 inch kerb stone. It is just as bad for people walking on the other side to and fro from the hospital to Chesterton. oldsmokey0
  • Score: 8

9:53pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Col Mustard says...

"He voiced his frustration at the council, saying: “Why are they letting all this money be spent on just Gloucester and Cheltenham? I just don’t know.”

It's a simple question of political gain , areas with higher concentrations of voters mean the rural idylls dont count hence the money gets spent in Gloucester and Cheltenham.... You can change all this next year and vote all the Liblabcons out ! all of them also lobby the Council to reduce the number of Cllrs from its current number of 53 , yes 53 !!!!!!!
"He voiced his frustration at the council, saying: “Why are they letting all this money be spent on just Gloucester and Cheltenham? I just don’t know.” It's a simple question of political gain , areas with higher concentrations of voters mean the rural idylls dont count hence the money gets spent in Gloucester and Cheltenham.... You can change all this next year and vote all the Liblabcons out ! all of them also lobby the Council to reduce the number of Cllrs from its current number of 53 , yes 53 !!!!!!! Col Mustard
  • Score: 0

9:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Col Mustard says...

It's a pity the Bathursts can't permit cycling through their park (and along the track.......

Never mind you will be able to cycle through their 2500 house estate in Chesterton !
It's a pity the Bathursts can't permit cycling through their park (and along the track....... Never mind you will be able to cycle through their 2500 house estate in Chesterton ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Sat 26 Jul 14

esse quam viderie says...

I am sure that Col Mustard will correct me if I am wrong but I believe that the County Council has been controlled by the Conservatives for the past 13 years at least (it may even be longer). If they haven't done something about this road in all that time I fail to see how voting OUT the Lib Dems will improve the situation.
And regardless of the total number of councillors Cirencester is always going to be out-voted by Gloucester whatever the party politics.
I am sure that Col Mustard will correct me if I am wrong but I believe that the County Council has been controlled by the Conservatives for the past 13 years at least (it may even be longer). If they haven't done something about this road in all that time I fail to see how voting OUT the Lib Dems will improve the situation. And regardless of the total number of councillors Cirencester is always going to be out-voted by Gloucester whatever the party politics. esse quam viderie
  • Score: 2

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