24th October 2020

Help further improve Somerset’s Streets

Members of the public are urged to have their say on temporary walking and cycling measures in Somerset.

A number of temporary measures, including pedestrianised high streets, introduced to encourage social distancing and positively support the safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists, have now been in operation for around 4 weeks.  Feedback and information on the success of these schemes is being gathered through online app, ‘Commonplace’.

So far feedback on new temporary schemes has been mostly positive with many town centres busy after the lockdown and pedestrianised roads helping ease crowding outside shops.

Help inform future schemes by adding your feedback and comments here: https://somersetcovidactivetravel.commonplace.is/.

Working in partnership with Town Councils, the schemes have been rolled out by Somerset’s Covid-19 Active Travel group, which includes representatives from Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council, Avon and Somerset Police and Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP).

Having been allocated an initial £120,000 from the Department for Transport in emergency funding for the temporary measures, the group is committed to working with communities to help create better spaces for people walking and cycling around Somerset, particularly with further funding expected in phase 2.

Using the smart interactive online mapping tool ‘Commonplace’, users can flag up areas where changes could make a positive difference to walking and cycling.