The Challenge Of Providing Off Road Cycling Facilities
I would say that everyone on the New Forest National Park Authority appreciates the value of providing bespoke off road cycling facilities.
It is just one of the topics being discussed as part of the Recreation Management strategy.
One of my colleagues has been leading a project to try and get a cycle lane installed, adjacent to the Cadnam to Lyndhurst Road.
Unfortunately he reports that the cost of the feasibility study alone makes it prohibitive.
Hampshire County Council have been cutting back markedly in recent years in just about every area of operation, but especially roads and transport.
Looking at things on a regional level, we don’t seem to have done at all well here in the New Forest in terms of attracting large sums of money for infrastructure improvements and transport schemes.
The money is controlled by organisations called “Local Enterprise Partnerships”.
They have chosen to invest heavily in other areas, like Fareham & Gosport, but pretty much zip, around here.
I am not in control of authorities that have the funding but I am of the view that the conservative councillors who are should make an application for feasibility studies that provide joined up, safer, off road cycling provision through the New Forest.
Once you can prove that a scheme is feasible, you have a chance of attracting the necessary funding.