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Infrastructure

Reports about and proposals for cycling infrastructure can be found here.

Bikes on Trains
The Welsh Assembly Cross Party Active Travel Group is currently (Autumn 2019) seeking to get better provision for the transport of bikes on trains. This involves drawing on good practice, especially European, and providing space for more bikes. This report, which relates principally to TfW trains, covers the deliberations of the group at their 17 September meeting and these photos illustrate good European practice (and some not so good local provision).

Rural Routes (on Gower Peninsula)
Following their Rural Routes Workshop on 1 May 2018 Wheelrights produced this map of aspirational cycle routes on the Peninsula.

A Swansea Network Map
Wheelrights Routes Group are developing a network map. This is a tube style map, showing existing and planned cycle links between nodes. This network map is intended for Swansea Council to whom it will soon be submitted. It is subject to revision and comments on it should be emailed to Chris Walsh.

New cycle routes in Swansea
Following Swansea Council's success in 2018 in obtaining some £2 million from the Welsh Gov. to construct cycle routes in Swansea Wheelrights Routes Group are keeping a record of their construction on four new maps: SW Swansea, NW Swansea, SE Swansea and NE Swansea. These supercede the 'Indexed map', and if printed A3 size are about the same scale, ie approx: 1:33,000. These maps show existing routes (dark red), routes to be constructed in 2018/19 (light blue), in 2019/20 (dark blue), routes currently under construction (amber) and newly completed routes (green). The plan is to update them as the work progresses.

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 to it.

Swansea Bay cycle routes
General
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.
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.
Gower Access Path (GAP)
This brief report summarises key points relating to the cross-section and layout of the proposed new path across Clyne Common. It has been prepared by a member of the GAP working group and is intended to assist Swansea Council provide a suitable path. This feedback was received during a public consultation on 1 July 2019.
Cross Valley. (Morriston to Gorseinon part.)
Click here for the report.
Tirpenry. (A proposed new route.)
Click here. for the report.
Bay Campus.
This audit was prepared following reports of near-misses by Baldwins Bridge. It proposes measures to make the route safer.
NCR 4 Loughor Bridge to Gowerton.
This audit proposes solutions to some problems in this stretch. (Since it was prepared cycle lanes have been provided on Pont-y-Cob and Culver Roads.)
NCR 4 East of Loughor Bridge.
This report. proposes a solution to the danger spot at the approach to Loughor Bridge referred to in the audit above.
Alexandra Rd - Mansel St shared-use path.
This audit. proposes improvements to this path. (Since it was prepared the curvature at the entrance to Pleasant Street has been tightened.)
Swansea Railway Station - cycle access.
This report. 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.
Walter Road.
This brief report concerning plans to make Walter Road cycle friendly is based on a site visit on 16 October 2018.
Westway.
This report covers an inspection of Westway by the Routes Group on 4 February 2017.
Blackpill Crossing.
This paper. 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. (The lights at this crossing were changed in 2017. Although the wait time for cyclists and pedestrians has been reduced the recommendations in the paper were not incorporated.)

Minor Works.
This Minor Works 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)
Wheelrights 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.
Northern route.
Simply upgrade the gravel to tarmac for the remaining threequarters of a mile of the existing route along the Tennant Canal to Jersey Marine.
Southern route.
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 shows it.

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 7 October 2019.