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Letter: The Planned Investment is Not Enough to Make Local Cycling Safe

Published on: 10 Jun, 2022
Updated on: 10 Jun, 2022

From: Simon Firth

In response to: Surrey Conservative Group Announce ‘Boost in Investment in Road Safety and Active Travel’

The planned investment is not good enough and probably a drop in the ocean to what is needed. To cycle into town from Worplesdon, or to cycle into Woking, I have to face some horrendous, ill-thought-through, disjointed cycling infrastructure, that only the bravest of residents use.

A little bit of education to help motorists learn how to pass a cyclist safely is money better spent than this piecemeal approach to improving infrastructure. None of the proposed improvements will help those in the north of Guildford residents where most of the local population lives.

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Responses to Letter: The Planned Investment is Not Enough to Make Local Cycling Safe

  1. John Cooke Reply

    June 10, 2022 at 11:52 am

    I agree with Simon Firth. I regularly cycle to Guildford and Worplesdon from Farnham. The Christmas Pie Trail is, pretty much, a swamp from Tongham to Wood Street meaning you have to use the Aldershot Road, which is terrifying.

    If I illegally use the pavement I stop and give way to pedestrians but, from now until autumn, the pavement is too overgrown, so there is no safe way of making the journey.

  2. Ben Paton Reply

    June 10, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    The “modal shift” is just newspeak for sticking plaster over an incompetent and deceitful Local Plan that bigged up the housing target, ignored environmental constraints, and faked an “active travel” strategy. All PR, no substance.

  3. Calum Shaw Reply

    June 10, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    I agree. Car is king in Guildford. As a pedestrian at a crossing, I have to wait for 20+ cars to pass before the lights change for me. If I want to cycle with my 11-year-old daughter there is no feasible route across town. It’s pretty appalling.

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