Consultation into cycle route for Maidstone

Kent County Council is consulting on plans to link up and improve a cycle route into Maidstone.

Working with Maidstone Borough Council, the route would run from the entrance at Mote Avenue to the junction of the A249 and King Street, linking up with existing cycle routes.

The proposals include widening the footpath to three metres and resurfacing the existing pavement along the southern side of Mote Avenue.

This will give a safer alternative to cycling on the road.

The route will link up to the pavement on Mote Road leading to the existing signalised crossing.

The path at either end of the crossing will be extended to a width of three metres to accommodate a shared use facility.

The existing crossing will be upgraded to a Toucan crossing, which allows use by both pedestrians and cyclists, to provide a safe crossing of Mote Road.

KCC deputy cabinet member for highways Michael Payne said: “The existing cycle route is mainly on the road and because it is so close to town, there is a high level of traffic which can be overwhelming for less experienced cyclists.

“The scheme seeks to provide the infrastructure to allow cyclists to come off-road for the majority of their journey and allow a smoother transition into Maidstone Town Centre.

“If this can be achieved, I think it will be of great benefit to the people of Maidstone.”

The proposed scheme would be funded from Central Government Local Transport Plan.

The consultation launched today (September 10) and runs until October 7.

To find our more and take part, visit www.kent.gov.uk/maidstonecycleway

Consultation into cycle route for Maidstone was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Thom Morris