The council is currently consulting with businesses, visitors and residents in Beverley on their views of a trial pedestrian and cycle scheme which has been in place in Saturday Market since May 2021.
The scheme has converted road space between The Grapes and the King's Head to a new pedestrian area with cycle access. Strong outline support for the pedestrian area was received from stakeholders and businesses in summer 2020 and as a result a trial was introduced. Planters have been used to physically restrict traffic into the new pedestrian area and an experimental Traffic Regulation Order put in place for up to 18 months. This allowed the trial to be installed with the public being able to comment whilst the trial is in place.
The council is now seeking feedback on the first few months of the trial to gauge its influence on visitors and travel behaviour. A consultation survey on the trial is open for the public to access and complete until Friday 5 November, and can be found at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SaturdayMarketTrial2021/
The trial aims to encourage more journeys by foot and bike into Beverley town centre by providing more space for pedestrians, replacing journeys by car by reducing road and parking space, increasing access and storage for bicycles, and providing wider pedestrian links between existing pedestrian zones including Toll Gavel and Dyer Lane.
The scheme also supports local high street businesses by providing opportunities to create seated outdoor space for adjacent retail outlets. This will provide a safe and attractive environment for people to enjoy, increasing dwell time of people using the town centre, and allowing more space for social distancing.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic development and tourism at the Council, said: "Trials such as the pedestrian and cycle scheme within Saturday Market in Beverley rely heavily on feedback from businesses, residents and visitors to the town to assess the effectiveness of the scheme and consider how we may look to progress the scheme in the future.
"This is a chance for everyone to have their say and bring observations directly to our teams for consideration. The survey will be open for the public to access until the 5 November so I would encourage business owners, residents and visitors to get involved in this consultation opportunity."
The scheme is being funded jointly by the Department for Transport's Active Travel Fund and by the Government's Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund. The trial is part of a package of active travel measures installed throughout the East Riding, including two pilot school streets schemes, widening existing off-road cycleways and footways, additional cycle parking and a new off-road shared cycle/footway in north Bridlington.
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