New cycling superhighway planned for outskirts of Bristol

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 A ‘cycling superhighway’ connecting three new villages on the edge of Bristol to the city centre could be created as part of a major new development.

Taylor Wimpey has proposed the eight mile network of cycling routes as part of its plans to build up to 4,500 new homes known as The Vale between the A370 at Long Ashton and Barrow Tanks.

The superhighway would go along the route of the Metrobus and see people able to access the city centre by bike in just 20 minutes allowing Bristol's commuter belt to be extended out as far as Gloucester.

Plans for The Vale development are expected to be submitted to North Somerset Council later this Spring.

Taylor Wimpey’s project director Gareth Hawke, said: “There are such huge benefits to putting cycling at the heart of The Vale. It means less car journeys, helps keep residents healthy and saves them money.

“The Vale would be just be a 20 or so minutes’ cycle ride into Bristol City centre. It would be a pretty flat ride on our new purpose-built cycling superhighway – so, easy for most people.

“This is a real opportunity to get people out of cars and onto bikes. As well as the infrastructure we are proposing, we will also be offering bike vouchers with every home purchase. Even if people only cycle once or twice a week to begin with, it all helps shift people towards more sustainable ways of travelling – and helps create a cycling culture.”

The development would see three new 'villages' created, along with a new state of the art secondary school, three new primary schools, community medical hub and a college.

1800 new affordable homes, a major healthcare centre, a business start-up incubator facility and a major new public park are also included in the plan.

A new public transport interchange and travel hub will be created and land allocated for the Long Ashton park and ride to be extended, with the potential new park and ride on the A38.

There would also be land set aside in the longer term for a new railway station to serve The Vale.

Around 45 per cent of the land would be transformed into open space, opening up currently closed off agricultural land for use by the public.

Source: Bristol Post