Integrated Network Map (INM)
Two requirements of the Active Travel Act (Wales), which became law in 2013, are that Local Authorities had to first produce an Existing Routes Map by January 2016 (See below.) and then an Integrated Network Map. The deadline for the latter is September 2017. Wheelrights
are assisting Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Councils (CCS and NPT) prepare this map. To do this the Routes Group are recconnoitering potential routes and marking them on this indexed map
(and on this City Centre
had prepared a map in August 2016 showing potential routes as their LDP submission. (On the Campaigns page.) These routes plus subsequent additions have been added to the Existing Routes map. Updating this map is on going and those with routes to add to it or with suggestions for modifications should let David Naylor know; by email
Existing Routes Map (ERM).
Swansea Council submitted this ERM
in January 2016 followed by this update
Active Travel Act Design Guidance
This important design guide
came out in December 2014. It provides detailed guidance on what is needed to implement the Active Travel Act, in particular the infrastructure. To provide an index to this 420 page document Wheelrights
have prepared an index
Swansea Bay cycle routes
In 2014 CCS and NPT Councils got their act together and came up with a plan for cycle routes - principally for commuters - in the Swansea Bay area. There are 14 routes. They are described and shown schematically in a fold out sheet commonly referred to as the "Tube map". Separate colours are used for each route.
Cross Valley. (Morriston to Gorseinon part.)
In order to identify potential routes for the INM (See above) Wheelrights members have been checking out these routes on their monthly Routes Rides. The purpose of these inspections (in effect cycle audits) is to identify what needs to be done to bring the routes up to the standard required by the Act. Reports based on these inspections have been prepared. They are as follows.
Tirpenry. (A proposed new route.)
for the report.
. for the report.
NCR 4 Loughor Bridge to Gowerton.
was prepared following reports of near-misses by Baldwins Bridge. It proposes measures to make the route safer.
NCR 4 East of Loughor Bridge.
proposes solutions to some problems in this stretch. (Since it was prepared cycle lanes have been provided on Pont-y-Cob and Culver Roads.)
Alexandra Rd - Mansel St shared-use path.
. proposes a solution to the danger spot at the approach to Loughor Bridge referred to in the audit above.
Swansea Railway Station - cycle access.
. proposes improvements to this path. (Since it was prepared the curvature at the entrance to Pleasant Street has been tightened.)
. proposes options for making the infrastructure in the vicinity of the Railway Station more cycle/pedestrian friendly. It was produced at the request of cllr Nick Davies at a CAP meeting.
covers an inspection of Westway by the Routes Group on 4 February 2017.
. is a short technical note which shows how the lights could be phased to mimimise delay at this crossing for all users: motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
This Loose ends
document lists and gives details of outstanding cycle infrastructure issues. They are mainly small and are needed to bring the routes up to Active Travel Act standards and make them safe. Detail is provided in the reports above.
Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs)
have offered to assist the Council by suggesting locations for ASLs. This drawing
shows those proposed so far. If you can add to this please email David
your suggestion. The drawing will be updated from time to time, and be vetted by the Council prior to implementation.
Fabian Way Corridor
Since Wheelrights first looked into cycle routes in this area in 2009 NCR 4 has been moved north of Elba Crescent to follow the new road further north, and the dead end cycle path (The original intended NCR 4) has been extended alongside the Tennant Canal to Jersey Marine. Also NCR 4 where it runs along the north side of Fabian Way west of Elba Crescent has been upgraded. This section is now part of a cycle route to the Bay Campus.
In addition to resolving the safety issue by Baldwin's Bridge covered above we have two main proposals to improve cycle provision along this corridor.
Simply upgrade the gravel to tarmac for the remaining threequarters of a mile of the existing route along the Tennant Canal to Jersey Marine.
This would be entirely south of Fabian Way and would provide a route east from the Bay Campus to link with NCR 4 where it emerges from the underpass near the Briton Ferry Bridge. This proposal
Models to follow
There are two videos here which show how serious traffic congestion can be eased to the benefit of all. The first is about the transformation of the Cheshhire Village of Poynton
and the second about New York
. There are lessons here for Swansea, in particular the Kingsway.
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Page updated on 9 March 2017.