New cycle routes in Swansea
Following Swansea Council's success since 2018 in obtaining several million pounds from the Welsh Gov. to construct cycle routes in Swansea Wheelrights
, Routes Group are keeping an eye on them. This map
provides an overview. More detail is provided on the four maps: SW Swansea
, NW Swansea
, SE Swansea
and NE Swansea
. Colours distinguish between completed routes (green; dark red for the NCN), those currently on the pipeline, ie under construction or planned, (amber) and potential routes (blue). Red is used to show routes which require improvement. Since the Council produced their ATNM (Active Travel Network Map) in late 2022 the Council's route number corresponding to Wheelrights identifier is shown in ( ). eg "NG (131)" for the North Gower route.
Aware of the need for barriers on cycle routes to be navigable by tandems, tricyles, bikes with trailers and wheelchair users as well as ordinary bicycles Wheelrights
have been checking them. This Barriers
document lists barriers which do not meet The Welsh Active Travel guidelines. These require a minimum width of 1.5m between bollards, chicane barriers and gates. We have only applied this to staggered bollards noting that there are a some barriers in Swansea on well used routes which comprise a straight row of bollards with only 1.2m clearnce between them which do not appear to have caused problems. The plan is to continuously update the document, adding new unacceptable barriers and removing those which have been modified to meet the guidelines.
The revised (2022) Highway Code makes it clear that users of paths alongside busy roads have priority over traffic turning across the path at minor junctions. Wheelrights
have been checking them. We have prepared this Junctions
document to list junctions where the priority needs to be made clear, eg by means of distinctive surface colouring and/or a white line path border. As with the Barriers document junctions will be removed from the list when the necessary action has been taken.
Rural Routes (on Gower Peninsula)
On 12 March 2022 a Gower Routes Workshop
was held as a follow up to the 1 May 2018 Rural Routes Workshop
. These notes
record it, and this map
updates that produced after the earlier workshop. It shows aspirational cycle routes on the Peninsula.
Swansea Bay cycle routes
A key map to cycle routes in Swansea and also a journey finder can be found on this 'Bayways' website
Over the years Wheelrights
Routes Group have prepared reports on prospective cycle routes. Links to these follow. Some earlier ones are provided on our Infrastructure archives
Cross Valley. (Morriston to Gorseinon part.)
was prepared following reports of near-misses by Baldwins Bridge. It proposes measures to make the route safer.
Gower Access Path (GAP)
Cycle infrastructure has been provided on part of this section since Wheelrights
prepared this report
in 2015. However the report continues to apply to the parts not yet constructed.
NCR 4 Loughor Bridge to Gowerton.
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.
Mayals Road. (Link to Blackpill Toucan.)
lobbying to get the northern shared use path across Loughor Bridge widened and its eastern approach improved have at last borne fruit. This work was carried out early in 2020. Prior to this Swansea Council commissioned this 63 page 'Options' report
. It includes recommendations for the above work (now complete) and also options for improving NCR 4 from Culfor road to Gowerton. This short summary
covers the report's recommendations.
Railway Station links
to provide a link from Mayals Road to the Toucan crossing at Blackpill updates the 20 July 2020 version to take into account the work that has been done on Mayals Road.
Tirpenry. (A proposed new route.)
. 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.
. for the report.
This brief report
concerning plans to make Walter Road cycle friendly is based on a site visit on 16 October 2018.
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.
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 Cheshire Village of Poynton
and the second about New York
. There are lessons here for Swansea, in particular the Kingsway.
Older material is stored on this Archives