unveiled for new Burnham-On-Sea to Weston cycle path
cycle path that runs between Brean and Weston could be extended
to stretch along the coast to Burnham-On-Sea under
new plans being discussed this week.
councillors in Burnham-On-Sea are meeting Greenways and Cycleroutes
Limited, the charity that successfully opened the 'Brean Down Way'
over the summer, which is a cycle route connecting Brean to Weston,
and Highbridge town councillors Phil Harvey, Andy Brewer and Janet
Keen are set to meet with the organsiation today (Wednesday) in
Burnham to discuss the plans in more depth.
Phil Harvey, who has set up the meeting, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The proposal is for an off-road cycle route between Burnham
and Brean, connecting with the path to Weston - it would be a super
Cllr Andy Brewer, who is a keen cyclist and a member of Sedgemoor
Cycle Group, added: "It is potentially very exciting, but it's
still early days yet."
a Greenways and Cycleroutes document outlining the proposals, the
firm says the Brean to Weston cycle route "has proved immensely
popular with over 28,000 trips recorded crossing the River Axe sluices
in its first 7 weeks, enough to make this the most heavily used
cycling route in Somerset."
surprisingly there are now calls to extend the route to serve Berrow,
Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll."
ideally one would look for a route alongside the Coast and Berrow
Roads all the way through, in practice this is not possible."
the north end, almost all the way from the Brean Leisure Park to
the Weston Road is tightly constrained, and similarly in the south
through Burnham there is insufficient space for a separate path."
think that the best strategy is to put in place the Brean, Brent
and Burnham Triangular Greenway, all as a really good quality traffic
free circuit. These would both be self-contained tourist attractions
8 miles long, but also provide alternatives to a sizable
section of the main road."
and Cycleroutes Limited is working with local people to bring forward
these links to Burnham."