Pop up cycle schemes being introduced

Posted on: September 3, 2020 at 9:37 am photo showing a bicycle with wicker pannier leaning against a wall in a street, cafe bar in the background

Pop-up cycle lanes are being introduced to boost cycling and encourage residents to look after their health

The council has announced a series of temporary measures designed to boost cycling and walking on the Island – thanks to a £64,000 grant that it has secured from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.

Six schemes will make it easier for people to use bikes to get around, take pressure off public transport and encourage Islanders to look after their health during the current pandemic.

Although the initial phase is focused very much on Newport and Cowes, the council has already applied for additional funds to roll out similar measures in other parts of the Island.

Some of the schemes involve only minor alterations to the highway, such as the removal of bollards and barriers to open up more space for pedestrians and cyclists, or the addition of convenient cycle racks.

Others, however, will see streets made temporarily one-way to vehicles with designated cycle contraflows installed to allow cyclists to travel safely in both directions.

Island Roads is due to start work on Monday 14th September with the measures expected to remain in place for around 18 months.

Although temporary in nature – and therefore not subject to the usual levels of public consultation – the council has said each one would remain under close review over the next six months and adapted where necessary, taking into account residents’ views and any unforeseen issues.

You can find a link to information and maps for the three most significant schemes here:

You can read the council’s press release here.