Create a joined up cycle network across the island and in to town.

The west is quite well catered for in terms of bike routes but a route to the east and north from town is needed.  One way to help would be to make the eastern coast road one way especially from Havre des Pas towards the White Horse, therefore creating a good walking and cycle path along this section.  The green lanes are great but again they need to be linked.

Why the contribution is important

Cycling is a great way to get around the island but cyclists on the main routes frustrate drivers but there are  no alternatives.  Good safe joined up cycle routes are needed to get people out of their car.  

The routes to the east are not bike friendly and although there is now a route in Gorey at the moment it doesnt link to an easy route to town and stops and starts.  The route by Le Rocquier is also good but again it doesnt join to a route into town without going on to main roads. A route north to join with some of the quieter lanes is again non existant.

by NickyMansell on February 15, 2021 at 07:26PM

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  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 15, 2021 at 20:37

    I agree with the need for a proper Eastern Cycle Network plan and more routes towards the north of the island.

    The Infrastructure Department needs to publish a full development strategy for the Eastern Cycle Network, demonstrating the necessary resources and ideal route for a segregated cycle route (à la Grouville Common Path) from the existing route at Havre des Pas to the new path at FB fields and then from Le Hocq to the Grouville Common Path. Some joined up thinking and ambitious innovative proposals would go a long way to ensuring the delivery of a proper cycle route that would encourage this massive part of the island to get out the car and on their bikes.

    One thing to note that is important is the need to update the existing legislation to allow for some infrastructue which is commonplace in the UK, such as advanced stop lines and parallel crossings.
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 15, 2021 at 20:45

    My proposal for the route of the Eastern cycle network.

    The link between Liberation Square path and the new Hill Street path and FB fields is the interesting and difficult path. The current route via Havre des Pas is not really appropriate for cyclists as it is too narrow and long-winded to be an attractive route. I propose new contraflow cycle lanes up Don Road and segregated lanes on Victoria Road (making Victoria Road one way in the process). Make the area around VCP a Low-Traffic neighbourhood with access at the end of Grosvenor Street blocked, except for bicycles. By also allowing westbound cycles along La Colomberie this would provide a route to/from Liberation Square to the FB fields path.

    After the Le Hocq path, there should be a parallel crossing installed outside St Clement Parish Church and then a cycle path built along the coast (a large section of the coast already has enough room for a cycle lane with some proper investment). This would take you to Pontac Common, where there would then be a short section of on-road cycle lanes (like the ones in Gorey), before linking into the Green lane network (La Petite Sente).

    Finally, an off-road cycle/walking path, similar to the Railway Walk, would be constructed along the old line of the Eastern Railway (as far as is practicable), with path links to the homes along the coast road. This would link to the existing path by the Royal Golf Course.
  • Posted by ianblack February 20, 2021 at 08:10

    I agree there is an urgent need for an Eastern Cycle Route.
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