28 July 2011
Transport and Technical Services (TTS) has created another section of cycle path for Islanders, this time along the promenade from Green Street to La Collette.
The path enables cyclists to bypass the hill at Mount Bingham and has been jointly funded with Jersey Electricity.
Connétable Mike Jackson, Minister for Transport and Technical Services said “We want to see less car use in Jersey and so we are making the alternatives more appealing. We have a programme to provide more cycle paths where we can. This is a really great addition to the network and will link up with the cycle path we are currently working on around Commercial Buildings.
The path is part of the emergency access route to the industrial areas at La Collette, which is now complete. The route ensures alternative access for emergency vehicles should the main route via Commercial Buildings not be available.
Connétable Jackson continued “We had a Planning Obligation to provide the emergency access route, which we have done, while retaining the same look of the original promenade and we’ve had some very positive feedback from local residents. It will only be used in an emergency and for training so it has been good to give it some added value as a cycle track. We are also grateful to the Jersey Electricity Company who part-funded the cycle track with TTS.”
TTS has made minor changes to widen the promenade at a few points to accommodate the emergency vehicles and an old shelter has been taken down but the promenade remains much the same.
Vehicles will only be allowed to use the path in emergencies, for training purposes around 4 times a year and maintenance. At all other times it will be a shared space for pedestrians and cyclists.