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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Help shape pop-up travel routes

Dorset residents are being asked to highlight congested walking and cycling routes to help shape ‘pop-up’ travel infrastructure in the Dorset Council area.

Submit your suggestion

Suggestions must be submitted by 31 July.

Dorset Council has been awarded £577k from the government’s £225m emergency active travel fund to support temporary improvements to sustainable transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

With capacity issues on public transport due to social distancing requirements, residents are being encouraged to walk and cycle to local destinations wherever possible.

This increased level of active travel, as well as people returning to high streets as shops reopen, has the council considering what measures can be taken to help residents with social distancing while travelling around towns.

Temporary solutions could include:

  • widening footways, especially on high streets, to ensure that those walking and queuing for essential goods can keep apart from each other
  • installing measures to restrict through-traffic from some streets to ensure that physical distancing can occur, especially on access routes to local amenities
  • installing temporary cycle lanes separated from traffic, particularly on routes where cycle use is high

To help plan and focus areas of work, the council is asking residents to make suggestions using the online map to highlight areas of concern and see what issues have already been raised. All suggestions will be examined but, due to funding limitations, not all submitted ideas can be progressed.

Suggestions will continually be analysed by Dorset Highways as they are submitted and prioritised by their benefit to walking, cycling and wheelchair users, with likely impacts on parking, access and delivery services taken into consideration before final schemes are submitted for funding approval.

Of the £577k awarded, £115k is for the short-term immediate measures needed to support social distancing and ensure safer town centres when shops reopen from 15 June, where town councils have played a significant role in identifying priorities.

A further £462k is available for medium-term or permanent measures, with residents being asked to highlight concerns of pavement and cycleway pinch points

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