Improvements Needed

The following is an incomplete list of space4cycling improvements needed. Most of them have appeared in council plans for decades (with great names like CIF, KLATS, KLyMaD, KLURS or the Hunstanton Masterplan) without ever being built. It's time to stop just making plans and start building them!

King's Lynn

  1. Offer cycle hire in the town centre: shop, dock or delivery based.
  2. Improve Tennyson Road level crossing - possibly walking/cycling bridge reinstatement (costed during electrification?)
  3. Connect cycleways across the Docks level crossing between the Bawsey Drain Path and the town centre 20mph zone, as part of a longer infill cycleway along the east side of the A1078 from Edward Benefer Road to the Lidl supermarket and Norfolk Street.
  4. Connect the cycleways across the cut bridge (various costs were cited to the cycle forum by NCC delegates over the years, so they must exist)
  5. Create and sign a safe two-way cycle route connection via Tuesday Market Place across the town centre (Norfolk Street was part of CIF2 - but other routes possible)
  6. "Except Cycles" from the no-entries on Guanock Terrace, Norfolk Street, King Staithe Square and Littleport Terrace, and the no-right-turn at Freebridge Farm (which forces cyclists to ride around the A17/A47 junction - in theory).
  7. Build cycle-friendly crossings of London Road from Millfleet to the Walks (costed for CIF2) and from Windsor Road to North Everard Street.
  8. Build a proper cycle crossing from Queen Elizabeth Avenue to Marsh Lane
  9. Extend the cycleway from West Lynn to start of 30mph zone west of Millennium Way, then centre line removal and 2x2m cycle lanes to the 20mph zone.
  10. Bring the A47 Hardwick Junction cycleway up to standard and complete the Hardwick Road cycleways: westbound between McDonalds and Horsleys Chase; eastbound between Southgates roundabout and Beech Road.
  11. Re-open Tower Street to two-way cycling and improve access to the High Street.
  12. Remove crash hazard narrow barriers from cycleways, including on the riverside path and in Central Park, Wootton Park, Gaywood Hall Park and Seagate Road
  13. Improve some of The Walks junctions - St John's, St James and Extons Road (costed as part of the Walks Heritage Lottery Fund project?)
  14. Expand default 20mph zone to the whole of Lynn (see www.kingslynn.20splentyforus.org.uk)
  15. Create a safe crossing of the A149 Lynn bypass to the villages east of the town (signalise QEH crossing, Knights Hill bridge and Sandy Lane surfacing, or otherwise - possibly costed during KLMD aka Hardwick supermarkets, but I don't think so) - could be part of the Lynn and Fakenham Greenway project
  16. Improve Wootton Road between Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Grimston Road: wide cycle lanes and centre line removed.
  17. Create an all-weather smooth surface link from Gaywood River Lane to Riverside
  18. Tarmac the last dirt section of Friars Walk and connect it to the Southgates cycleways
  19. Fill the gaps on the cycleways such as near Kirby Street or from Reffley Path to Reffley shops, and put up missing cycle route signs.
  20. Make Vancouver Avenue/Goodwins Road/Tennyson Road all 20mph, and a "bicycle street" north of Avenue Road. Widen the half-width northern end of Beech Road and make it a proper junction with Vancouver Avenue.
  21. Make Columbia Way a "bicycle street" between Loke Road and St Augustine's, then tarmac the track to Greenpark Avenue
  22. Link the Hardwick Industrial Estates (including fixing the Scania Way dangerous cycleway and continuing along Oldmedow Road) and along the former railway to West Winch, Saddlebow Industrial Estate and the Great Ouse Path
  23. Improve cycling connections through Hillington Square
  24. Create a cycleway from Sandy Lane to Knight's Hill
  25. Light the unlit eastern half of Bawsey Drain Path
  26. Support Park and Pedal

West Norfolk

  1. Remedial work of the unsafe QE Hospital Roundabout crossings (install zebra+cycle or a toucan?) and build and sign a safe link to Bawsey Country Park
  2. Build a Heacham-Snettisham link: probably upgrade (widen and resurface) footway on west side of A149 into a cycleway - possibly part of the Lynn and Hunstanton Greenway project?
  3. Complete the Downham Market Ring Cycleway and sign it as part of a Downham Market Cycle Network.
  4. Improve National Cycle Route 1 between North Wootton and Castle Rising: as a minimum, a protected cycleway through the double-white-lined bends between Ling Common Road and Lower Road, plus 20mph limits; ideally, protected cycleway all the way.
  5. Build Downham Market / Denver Hill Expansion Green Infrastructure before houses are occupied
  6. Build the "Short Trees Cycleway" along the A148 to make a decent link between Church Lane Roydon and Roydon Road Castle Rising
  7. Create East Winch Connections alongside the A47 between East Winch Road from Blackborough End and Gayton Road; and between Station Road and Walton Road to avoid westbound cyclists needing to turn right across the A47 twice
  8. Improved and signpost links between Hunstanton and the Norfolk Coast Cycleway
  9. Build the Gaywood Valley Link and Osier Marsh route
  10. Extend National Cycle Route 1 riverside path from Tail Sluice to Fallowpipe Lane, then St Germans
  11. Re-establish National Cycle Route 11 to Ely and place 40mph speed limit on remaining 60mph sections
  12. Re-establish National Cycle Network Regional Route 30 east of Wells-next-the-Sea
  13. South East King's Lynn Green Infrastructure
  14. Cycleways alongside the Denver Waterways
  15. Hunstanton Expansion Green Infrastructure
  16. Link and sign Hunstanton Oasis Way to Cliff Top
  17. Build and sign Hunstanton Masterplan Cycleways 1-5 (NCC allocated funding in 2008 - what happened?)
  18. Drainage Channel Cycleway

Mid-Norfolk

  1. Extend the Blue Pedalway from Wymondham to Swaffham to join King's Lynn Route 5
  2. Signpost the Brecks Discovery Route
  3. Improve the surface of Peddars Way for wheeled users or signpost alternative tarmac routes

Lincolnshire / South Holland

  1. Widening of entrance barriers on the Walpole Bank Cycleway and removal of slaloms
  2. Formalisation of how to cross Sutton Bridge, with signs and surface repairs
  3. Centre line removal and 2x2m cycle lanes on B1359 between Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton, or creation of cycleway alongside
  4. Widening of the crossing between Gedney Churchgate and Chapelgate, and a short cycleway bypass between the two parts of the B1359 to avoid using the A17 roundabout

If you have other suggestions, please mention them to us in the comments, here or on facebook, or put them on the map on widenMyPath.com or Cyclescape.org

One Comment

  1. The cycle track between West lynn and millennium way would be a great help as it is so uneven and the need of lighting up to the junction of millennium way as very dark when you come out of west lynn very dangerous peice of road as the cars drives very fast on this road also as you come up to the south lynn junction the visabilty comeing from cycle path is restricted very dangerous we use this track to Kings lynn from clenchwarton everyday all year round saves using the car hope my comments were of help David newmana

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