Is Kingston really a 'Biking Borough'?
Tonight (13th Feb) Kingston Council has a scrutiny panel to consider the Town neighbourhood's decision to progress with a 160 metre long segregated cycle path across the Fairfield from Fairfield South to Fairfield Road (between The Cricketers and The Albion).
It is proposed that in place of the existing 1.5 metre footway, a new 2.5m footway and a 2 metre cycle track be constructed. Some people have asked the council to reconsider - they say that cyclists will be a danger to their children and pet dogs.
The 'Antis' point to a southbound-only cycle lane on Fairfield West and say that a cycle track is not needed across the Fairfield recreation ground. They also point out the awful condition of that cycle lane. What they don't take into account that the alternative to the Fairfield cycle track is a route about 490 metres including Fairfield South (a bus route) and two right turns (one at traffic signals). Oh, and a motorcyclist was killed two years ago on a 20 mph road which has almost no traffic calming. Is it any wonder that people sometimes prefer off-carriageway routes? We know that people using bikes like the central Fairfield route because they cycle it already (witness the tracks in the mud - not on the footway).
Today we will find out whether this administration is in favour of promoting routes that might attract non-cyclists to get cycling, and to help existing cyclists or whether it really is not a 'Biking Borough'.