Plans for a dedicated cycle way linking the north and south ends of Bute have been unveiled by Towards Zero Carbon Bute.
Though their ultimate aspiration is a dedicated lane for cyclists running all the way from Rhubodach to Kilchattan Bay, TZCB is initially seeking the public’s views on a cycle way from Port Bannatyne to Ascog.
The first phase of the scheme would run along the front of Port Bannatyne, from Ardmaleish to the village war memorial at the junction of Marine Place and Shore Road.
TZCB project manager Reeni Kennedy-Boyle told The Buteman: “The cycle path would be three or four metres wide and would be created by widening the existing pavement to allow two-way cycling and pedestrian use on the shore side of the road through Port Bannatyne.
“The first phase of the project would also include improved crossing facilities at North Bute Primary School and the old quay in the centre of the village, while at the war memorial itself we would be looking to reduce the width of the junction and ban vehicles entering Shore Road from Marine Place.”
The second phase of the project would continue the cycle way from Port Bannatyne into Rothesay, with the third extending the route as far as Ascog.
The project’s plans also include the installation of blue signage for cyclists giving the estimated time to a destination by bike, rather than the distance as at present.
“Argyll and Bute Council has approved this type of signage,” Reeni continued, “and has partnered with us in a funding application to Sustrans to make the cycle path happen.
“We’ve also been talking to them about potential areas of risk and possible solutions. We’re hoping to achieve this in the next year.”
The cycle way proposals are contained in a consultation document which also suggests closing Montague Street, Rothesay’s main shopping thoroughfare, to vehicular traffic on a trial basis – an idea which has already attracted numerous protests on The Buteman’s Facebook page since we published the news on Friday evening (click on the link to the right of this article) – and permitting two-way cycling on Rothesay’s one-way streets.
Copies of the consultation form are available from three locations in Rothesay – TZCB’s offices in Castle Street, The Bike Shed in East Princes Street and the head office of Fyne Homes in Victoria Street.
The consultation runs until March 11.