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BRIDGEND CYCLE ROUTE: Locals fear route is ‘an accident waiting to happen’

BRIDGEND CYCLE ROUTE: Locals fear route is ‘an accident waiting to happen’

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Residents say a cycle route planned for Bridgend could lead to accidents.

Bridgend County Borough Council wants to install a permanent ‘active travel’ route along Cowbridge Road but some residents think it would be unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians.

Conservative councillor Lyn Walters said the new route is “an accident waiting to happen”.

A temporary active travel route was introduced on Cowbridge Road in November 2020 linking Coychurch roundabout with the town centre.

The council now plans to install a permanent route, funded by Welsh Government grants, with safer crossings at the York Road junction with Bridgend Industrial Estate.

If approved, the new route would connect to a new pedestrian and cycle route that is being developed at Waterton roundabout.

Cllr Walters said the temporary route “caused a lot of upset” among residents and there were “a lot of near misses” among cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

The Oldcastle representative said there are elderly people living along Cowbridge Road who are “terrified to come out of their front doors” out of fear of being hit by cyclists because the pavement there is too narrow.

She also said the route is used often by children walking to school and she worries they could be hit by cyclists.

Mrs Yvonne Roberts, who lives on Cowbridge Road, said she is against the plans for the new route she feels it is unsafe.

She said she has seen multiple near misses between cyclists and pedestrians and she was almost hit by a cyclist using the temporary route outside her home.

Mrs Roberts said her next-door neighbour, who is in her 80s, is “frightened to go out her back gate” from fear of being hit by a cyclist.

“I don’t understand why they’ve put it on the main road into Bridgend, it’s so busy, the cars never stop.

A public consultation on the new route opened on March 10 and will end on March 31.

Cllr Walters and Mrs Roberts said they do not believe the length of time of the consulatation is fair and they think many residents, particularly elderly people, are excluded from the consultation as they do not have internet access or know how to use the internet.

A spokesperson for the council said the new route “forms an important part of a network of active travel routes across the county borough”.

“This will provide a link to the Brocastle active travel route on the A48, as well as a number of pedestrian routes in the area, providing safe crossing facilities where there are none at the moment,” they added.

“The consultation… is being conducted in line with the appropriate guidance and residents living along the road have received a letter and drawing of the proposed route with an invitation to share their views.

“The letter includes a postal address for responses, as well as an email address. All comments will be taken into consideration when the final design of the route is drawn up.

“Active travel routes aim to improve safety conditions to enable those who want to walk or cycle to leave their cars at home, helping reduce congestion and environmental pollution.”

Words: Hannah Neary, Local Democracy Reporter


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