Transport User Voice – December 2021 – Cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians

29 November 2021

How they can feel more considered

Have you ever thought about the paths that cross motorways and major ‘A’ roads? While these are designed for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians these road users tell us they feel less valued than drivers.

In our latest survey we invited cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians across Yorkshire and the North East to give us their views looking at the following locations:

  1. the A616 at Langsett
  2. the A64 between Leeds and York
  3. the A66 west of Scotch Corner
  4. the A19 around Cold Hesledon, Seaham
  5. the Silverlink Junction A19 / A1058 between Newcastle and North Shields.

Many said they understood that cars, lorries, and motorbikes are the main users of National Highways’ roads. However, not having paths for those cycling, walking and on horseback make their own journeys difficult. And they say the paths that do exist for them are poorly lit and badly maintained. Many feared having to be near fast-moving traffic and using dark, isolated routes.

This research will help National Highways focus its efforts and investment on improving the experience of cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. It is important to make sure these road users can feel more safe and more considered.

When asked how their experience could be improved, the following suggestions were made:

  • more signs to raise awareness of their presence to other road users
  • improving the maintenance of paths and foliage
  • more accessible points to cross busy roads.

You can see the report here.


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