Proposed Cycle Path Through the Centre of Christchurch Park
The development of 4000 new homes on the Ipswich Northern Fringe will significantly impact upon the already congested road networks and not surprisingly part of the transport strategy is to encourage people out of their cars onto public transport, cycle ways and walkways.
Part of the proposal is to create a key shared cycle and walkway through The Avenue and the centre of Christchurch Park into Ipswich, exiting the park at Soane Street. As this runs down a steep hill, thereby encouraging high cycling speeds, pedestrian safety is likely to be a key concern particularly regarding small children and seniors. It will go past the children’s playground, Reg Driver centre and the mansion. Dog owners are also likely to be worried and the user dynamics of the park will undoubtedly change.
Suffolk County Council propose to resurface and provide lighting on the unadopted part of The Avenue. Although this might be welcomed by some, it is important that this part of The Avenue does not become a rat run for cars and one solution would be to close it to cars other than for access. For such a major pedestrian/cycle route into town there may be implications for extended park opening times in winter and the provision of park lighting along the cycle/ walkway.
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