A range of Emergency Active Travel (EAT) trial schemes across Buckinghamshire are being introduced and amended during April. Following feedback and consultations with local residents, businesses and road users, Buckinghamshire Council is making adjustments to existing schemes and adding new trial schemes in different parts of the county.
The EAT schemes form part of a £514,000 investment to encourage residents to make more local journeys on foot and by bike. In addition to the immediate benefits to health and wellbeing, schemes such as this can also have longer term benefits including reducing congestion and improving air quality. The schemes also help contribute to Buckinghamshire Council’s policy to combat climate change.
From mid-April onwards, some amendments will be made to the existing scheme in Southcourt in Aylesbury, at the junction of Chalgrove Walk and Churchill Avenue. This follows feedback from local residents with an adjustment of the point closure to alleviate local concerns, including people driving over the grass verge and park area.
In High Wycombe, an upgrade and refreshing of the existing East-West cycle route is being undertaken to increase protection for cyclists and improve awareness for all road users. Works include additional wayfinding signs, improved accessibility, refreshing of existing markings and installation of solar studs through the park near Millbrook Combined School, through Lilys Walk and along the path by the Rye (on the south side of The Dyke).
Ian Thompson, Corporate Director for Planning, Growth and Sustainability said: “We are really pleased to be able to run such a range of Emergency Active Travel Schemes across the county. As a council we are committed to exploring options for more sustainable travel. The benefits on both our personal health and our local environment are a win-win for everyone.”
Full details on the Emergency Active Travel schemes in Buckinghamshire can be found at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-transport/active-travel/