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To: Surrey Highways

Cycle tracks in Farnham

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.

Farnham, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • I want to be able to cycle to and from the town centre safely. I live in Folly Hill and while there is a path that runs along most of Folly Hill, once you get to the Castle there is nothing for cyclists. It would be very dangerous to join the road for the final bend into Castle Street and you can't cycle or push your bike down/up Bishop's Steps.
  • I'm a cyclist and don't feel safe riding through the town with too much traffic and HGV'S especially.
  • I agree that Farnham is far too busy with car traffic. Sometimes the one way system forces drivers to be in the town when they don’t need to be. If cycle lanes are put in, I disagree that scooters and mobility vehicles should also use this lane as I think it will be too dangerous. A bike may not be able to overtake a mobility scooter in a segregated lane but can go much faster. Cycle lanes also need to be put outside of the town centre to encourage more cyclists.

Updates

2020-07-14 11:15:49 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-07-08 19:05:14 +0100

Many thanks to everyone who has signed so far. We have now reached 300 signatures in just half a week. Please continue to ask people to sign as we need more in a town of 35,000 people. #noturningback

2020-07-05 10:00:50 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-07-04 22:13:10 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-07-04 19:29:06 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-07-04 18:48:55 +0100

10 signatures reached