New ‘Share the Path’ signs installed from Saltford to Warmley

One of the signs at Saltford

The Week In has featured several stories about conflict on the Bristol & Bath Railway Path between cyclists, pedestrians, joggers and dog walkers.

Now ‘Share the Path’ signs have gone up from Saltford through to Warmley encouraging everyone to be considerate of others.

TheBristol and Bath Railway Path (B2B Path) is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans.

After safety concerns were raised with Saltford Parish Council about congestion on the path, especially during periods of good weather, the council contacted Sustrans and requested similar signage as seen on other busy sections of the B2B Path.

Bath & North East Somerset Council gave permission for the temporary signs to be displayed and sent suggested locations as to where they could go. Saltford Parish Council has thanked Sustrans including the volunteers for their time in putting up the signs.

At Meadow Court Drive in Oldland Common

Looking to the future, the parish council has contacted the Avon Frome Partnership – a collaboration between the three local authorities that B2B Path falls within who are working towards a consistent signage strategy – to discuss the Saltford stretch.

The Bristol East Fringe Cycling & Walking Group (BEFCWG) is putting up similar signs after working with Sustrans and South Gloucestershire Council to promote the same message.

Thirteen signs have been installed so far between Bitton and Warmley including at the access points to Warmley Station and Warmley Signal Box, at the Meadow Court Drive to St Anne’s Primary School crossing in Oldland Common and at Bitton Station.

BEFCWG, which has thanked everyone involved, says the signs are intended to be temporary and it is hoped that permanent signage can be introduced as part of an overall Railway Path improvement plan, building on the current Sustrans One Path BS5 initiative in Bristol.

At Warmley