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Wiltshire Council has today (Thursday 30 July) released its initial designs for the exciting and ambitious People Friendly Salisbury project to prioritise the city for pedestrians and cyclists. The project will help to transform the city of Salisbury, making it a more attractive place to visit, shop and work; and improving air quality whilist allowing residents, buses, taxi's and blue badge holders continutaed access. The council has also created detailed FAQs that answer many questions, and explain the research behind the scheme. People can read the FAQs here: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/salisbury-people-friendly-streets

Wiltshire Council has received confirmation of £227,000 funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to progress the first five road reallocation schemes in the county, one of which will be in Salisbury for implementation in September.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s great news that we’ve received this funding. Work will start within the next four weeks and will be completed within eight weeks.

Salisbury cycleways to link Harnham to the city centre, allowing cyclists easy access to the city. The scheme will see one southbound lane on Brown Street turned into a cycleway and the removal of on-street parking on Exeter Street to create a cycleway on the street while maintaining two-way traffic.

As you may have seen in the press, the Government has instructed local authorities to make more space available for walkers and cyclists. This is something which is long overdue in Salisbury city centre in any case, but becomes even more pressing if we want to re-open businesses and get some economic life back into the City Centre while maintaining social distancing. A COGS sub-group has been looking at what might be possible within the City centre, and as a consequence has drafted a document identifying areas where improvements could be made to enable more people to be one our steets and allow social distancing.

The Cycling Opportunities Group for Salisbury (COGS) was formed in 1994, to support the needs of cyclists in South Wiltshire. COGS has approximately 150 active cyclists from all walks of life, living in and around the Salisbury area.

All COGS bike rides are cancelled until further notice.

Cycling UK has produced A guide to social distancing and cycling duirng COVID-19 that provides advice on riding on shared use paths and roads.

In the meantime, the COGS committee and members continue to campaign to improve all kinds of facilities for cyclists in the area, from cycle paths to cycle parking and keeping cycling safety at the forefront of local issues and developments. We are in discussion with Salisbury City Councillors and Wiltshire Councillors on the possiblity of managing traffic volumes in the city centre to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained on our narrow streets.

Please email your Salisbury City Councillor and Wiltshire County Councillors and our MP John Glen john.glen.mp@parliament.uk. to ask for traffic control that will give space for physical distancing as lock down measures are eased in due course, and to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists are provided with safe space on our pavements and roads. This will also benefit our business community as they will have more space to serve you. You can also contact your councillors through the Cycling Uk website.

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Route Planning

Have you tried the journey planning facility which is now available in Wiltshire? Visit the Connecting Wiltshire website and try it out - suggested cycle routes give an idea of the distance you will climb as well as the distance you will cover on your route, as well as the number of calories you might burn.

Active Wiltshire

Another new initiative in Wiltshire is the Active Wiltshire website. This is being developed to provide information about opportunities for getting active around Wiltshire, so cycling rides and events will be just one of the possibilities covered.

Reporting Pot Holes and Fly Tipping

We have had a number of problems reported to COGS concerning the age old problem of pot holes - considerably worse with the rain we have had this winter - and also issues of fly tipping on local lanes used by cyclists.

For info, the relevant WC links is as follows:

Use the 'My Wiltshire' app to report overgrown or obstructed rights of way, potholes, missing street lights and signs etc. This is now also the link to use for reporting fly tipping. If you spot any problems then please report them promptly!

COGS are now on Facebook. Click the link to join us there and keep up to date on what you can do for COGS! Plus we now have a Twitter account, tweet to @salisburycogs. Please also see the facebook site for regular updates on the rides during the summer.