Residents complain Flax Bourton cycle path is a danger to pedestrians and car drivers
RESIDENTS in Flax Bourton are calling for a cycle route through the village to be re-routed after concerns cyclists are causing a danger to residents.
Riders using the Festival Way route, which runs between Bristol and Nailsea, cut through Rosemount Road, Farleigh Green, to join the cycleway on the edge of the estate.
But residents say that the cyclists are posing a danger to pedestrians and motorists and there have been a number of near misses over the past few months.
The situation is made worse as a section of Rosemount Road has no pavement, meaning people have to walk in the road.
Residents have now collected a petition which they plan to hand to North Somerset Council asking for a diversion to be put in place to take the cyclists away from the estate.
They say a new path could be created around the edge of a field bordering the estate near the Dew Drop pub which would reconnect with the cycle path.
Farleigh Green Residents Association chairman Michael Barnes said: "Now the Festival Way route is completed we are seeing a lot more cyclists coming through the estate.
"The issue for residents is safety as the route follows narrow roads through the estate with the longest having no pavements.
"There are at least three blind corners giving no visibility for motorists, cyclists or pedestrians and there have been several collisions and many near misses involving cars, pedestrians, children and cyclists."
He added: "We are not anti-cycling and many of us enjoy cycling."
Residents say they have held a number of meetings with North Somerset Council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which pioneered the Festival Way route, to discuss re-routing the cycle path.
Mr Barnes added: "We have had a number of on-site meetings with North Somerset Council and Sustrans, but unfortunately have failed to gain their support for a simple re-routing of the cycle path around nearby fields.
"It would be a short detour but important for the safety of all.
"There are cost implications of course, but at this stage we are just seeking an agreement in principle to a simple change."
The matter is due to be discussed by Flax Bourton Parish Council this month where residents plan to hand the 79-name petition to councillors.
Residents are being invited to send their views on the route of the cycle path to farleighgreenreroute@gmail. com with comments being passed on to Sustrans and the council.
North Somerset Council spokesman Nick Yates said: "Our road safety experts have been out on site – this a well-designed and useful route. It is a shared space and whether people using it are on foot, on two wheels or four they need to walk, ride or drive to the conditions.
"The scheme is complete and we are not looking to divert the route."
Sustrans area manager for North Somerset Rupert Crosbee said: "The design is for a shared space where people can walk and cycle. The small number of vehicles which use the area behave accordingly. It works well and it would be difficult to justify changing the route."