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New roundabout in Bedford to improve cycle safety

27 June 2014

A new, safer roundabout at Union Street in Bedford has been given the go ahead by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP.

This scheme is supported by the government’s Cycle Safety Fund and follows detailed discussions on the original proposals with stakeholders and the Cycle Safety assessment panel, including Sustrans, CTC the national cycling charity, and cycle campaigners Cyclenation, who approved the original scheme.

The Union St roundabout had been identified by Bedford Borough Council as a critical location for improving cyclist safety from the accident statistics and surveys of local cyclists.

Nigel Brigham, Sustrans Regional Director for the Eastern Region said:

“This scheme is expected to improve safety both on the road and for those cyclists who prefer to use traffic free facilities. This is a key and well used junction in Bedford and improving it for all cyclists is critical to developing cycling as a viable transport choice for more journeys within Bedford.”

The scheme is an adaptation of a Dutch design to the UK context along with Zebra crossings and shared use paths for pedestrians and cyclists who prefer not to use the carriageway.

The design adopted will lower speeds and reduce lane changes, both of which are key to improving cycle safety.

The scheme will be closely monitored by Sustrans to assess the impact on traffic flows, increase in traffic free and on-road cycling and whether the design works as planned, given it is new to the UK

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Contact Sustrans’ Press Office on 0207 7807 231 or e-mail: [email protected]

Notes to editors

  • Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. www.sustrans.org.uk
  • The work is being part-funded by a grant of £420,000 from the department for Transport Cycle Safety Fund. The total scheme cost is estimated at £490,000.