The proposed route of a 26-mile ‘cycling backbone’ through Gloucestershire was revealed today (Feb 21).
Stretching from Stroud to Bishop’s Cleeve, the map shows how the route would pass through Gloucester and Cheltenham, creating a major network of cycle and walking routes across the county.
Funding has already been committed to link Gloucester city center to Cheltenham, with a route along the B4063.
“It will be extended north with a route through Cheltenham, and up to Bishop’s Cleeve. While to the south the route will extend to Stroud, with work underway to identify the most suitable route,” a Gloucestershire County Council spokesman said today.
“The sections of the route south of Gloucester city center and north of Cheltenham have yet to be confirmed.
“However, proposals are being developed and funding has been committed to undertake further design. Residents will be consulted on the proposals once plans are at a more advanced stage.
“County Council is committed to tackling climate change and creating a greener Gloucestershire.
“Investing in cycling and walking infrastructure will help us work towards a greener Gloucestershire by improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions from transport. Cycling and walking also improve the health and well-being of our residents”
Cllr David Gray, Cabinet Member responsible for environment and planning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This map is a commitment by council to invest in sustainable transport methods across the county.
“Our long-term vision for an uninterrupted bikeway from Stroud to Bishop’s Cleeve will allow cyclists and pedestrians to access our county through more sustainable modes of travel.
“I’m thrilled to see these plans and can’t wait to see them come to life.”
A high resolution image of the bike path map can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gloscc/.