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Question 14 - we asked:

How would you improve conditions for people on bikes along Mill Road?

We asked this question in these 2 wards: Petersfield, Romsey.

5 of the 8 candidates (63%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Green Party)

One of the most perilous risks to cyclists on Mill Road is the stopping of vans to deliver goods or sometimes of shoppers. This forces the cyclist to weave in and out of traffic. I would want to explore the possibility of night-time delivery or stopping on Mill Road only outside of rush hour times.

(Green Party)

Mill Road has some intersections that are potentially unclear for cyclists to use. The road itself is also very difficult as there is little room between cars and bikes on the road. The lights at some intersections could be clearer as to when it is safe for bikes to go and that is something I would seek to pursue in council.

(Labour Party)

Regularly repair and resurface the whole stretch of the Road.Why the bit opposite the swimming pool was not resurfaced together with the rest last year is beyond reason to most people.But clearly not the county highways.

(Labour Party)

Mill Road is a particularly problematic street, being a through route for cars, cyclists and pedestrians, plus a shopping street with lots of local users. It is also narrow, which makes wide cycle lanes difficult. It is unpleasant (and dangerous) for cyclists and pedestrians, and congested for cars. The removal of the central white lines have certainly helped improve the situation. It is also vital that the 20mph speed limit is enforced, and I will lobbying the Police Commissioner’s office to push for more frequent enforcement patrols. A properly-enforced speed limit would help not just cyclists but local shoppers (and shops), making it easier to cross the road and making it a more pleasant environment, and it is something many residents have raised as an issue. I will also be lobbying the County Council for an electronic speed awareness sign, which reminds road users to stick to the 20pmh limit.

However ultimately, I believe it is time for a full and proper review of Mill Road provision, with plenty of opportunities for all residents, traders, and other key groups to be consulted.

Donald Marshall ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Lib Dems have already tried to do this by removing the middle lines... Slows the cars! Improving the lighting. It is hard to make more road space in Mill rd for sure. Enforcement of parking restrictions on the inner section would help. Encourage higher use of lights at night... Enforce on this.

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