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To: Surrey Highways
Cycle tracks in Farnham
The roads in Farnham have been narrowed for Covid-19 but people have no alternative to using car so they either sit in traffic jams or stay away from the shops. When Covid crisis is over and the roads are back to normal, people will still have no alternative to the car. Cyclists use less road space, produce no pollution & reduce our daily carbon output but many people are fearful of cycling in Farnham centre due to cars. Segregated cycle lanes would allow adults and children the choice of cycling into the town centre without going on the road. They could also be used by scooters and mobility vehicles of elderly or disabled people.
The temporary Covid pavement changes in Farnham should have provided segregated cycle paths, but this didn't happen.
Even if you don't want to cycle, getting more people onto bikes will reduce the number of cars on the road and make your journeys easier. So car drivers should be asking for cycle tracks too!
Please sign this petition if you want Surrey Highways to introduce temporary cycle paths NOW and make them PERMANENT when the Covid social distancing rules are removed. Please don't worry about the route, the professional road planners can work this out. In this first phase we are calling for cycle paths in the centre of town and, as cycle usage increases, we expect these to be extended out into the suburbs such as South Farnham or Hale etc.. Ebikes 'make hills disappear' and prices start from £430 so, again, don't worry about the hills of Farnham limiting people's willingness to cycle. Urban cycles lanes are appearing all over the world, except in Farnham. So we need to change this!
Why is this important?
Farnham has worse air pollution than 97% of British towns, plus serious road and car park congestion threatening the viability of Farnham's shops. Worse still, air pollution now kills more people than smoking.
Getting people out of cars and onto bikes can help with all of these problems.