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Statutory Consultation on Cycling in Broad Street

Consultation is now closed - see results

The statutory consultation on whether cycling should be allowed along the whole length of Broad Street has shown no clear majority of views.

A meeting of Reading Borough Council's Traffic Management Committee on (March 10) agreed that the 'near dead heat' meant the status quo should be maintained along Broad Street West.

A three-week formal consultation began on February 18. People were asked to comment either for or against a proposal to allow cycling for whole length of Broad Street, in line with the statutory process.

Results were reported to Traffic Management Sub Committee on Thursday evening. Out of a total 1,261 responses received, the overall result was:

  • 653 (52%) were in favour
  • 608 (48%) were against

Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:

"A total of 1,261 people responded to this consultation, so there was a considerable amount of interest. It was a near dead heat and the result shows what a polarised debate it has been.

"A 4% margin is not a sufficient enough mandate to take forward the change. We may return to the issue at a later date, but at this stage we must accept the public has spoken on this and no further action will be taken in respect of the proposal. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part in the consultation process."

Out of a total of 1,261 responses, 1,124 were received online, 95 by email and 42 were responses submitted by letter to the Council's legal services team.

Cycling is currently banned in Broad Street west - between St Mary's Butts and Queen Victoria Street - as a result of it being pedestrianised in the 1990s. When the remainder of Broad Street east was pedestrianised in 2000, the existing cycle links at the eastern end, via Cross Street and Queen Victoria Street, were retained. 

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