Two new cycle routes are being created as part of the One Horton Heath development, giving residents better cycling connectivity through the area.
The routes will offer cyclists new ways to travel from the north of Hedge End, through Horton Heath, to the south of Fair Oak.
A wide shared cycle way and footpath will follow the new 1.8km link road from the south end of the development to the new roundabout at the top of Allington Lane.
As well as being more direct, this wide shared cycle way will be a more relaxing ride than the current route along Burnetts Lane and Fir Tree Road - two narrow country lanes. The first part along Chalcroft Way opened last September and has now become a regular route for cyclists.
As future parts of the development are constructed, an innovative new cycle greenway - designed solely for walkers and cyclists will offer a more recreational, scenic route through the east side of the development - connecting at the top and bottom of the new link road.
In addition to the two new north to south routes, two east to west routes for cyclists and pedestrians will be created from downgraded sections of Fir Tree Lane and Chalcroft Lane.
One Horton Heath will be one of the most sustainable developments in the country. It presents an incredible opportunity to not only promote cycling and walking within the development but also to connect the surrounding areas for cyclists and pedestrians. As well as reducing the emissions associated with driving, this new cycling network will open up cycling to people of all abilities, empowering them to enjoy active, healthy, outdoor lives.
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