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[NOTE: Terry Avenue closed to diverted motor traffic and reopened to non motorised-users on Friday, 8 July 2022. Search on 'clementhorpefloodworksdiversion'.] [Route ridden/data captured 8.10.21] Original route of 'Terry Avenue', York. A continuous, mostly motor traffic-free riverside route between Skeldergate and the Millennium Bridge, York. No ups and downs, no junctions of note. It closed for a year on Monday, 17 May 2021 for Clementhorpe floodworks. The route is around 1.5km long between Skeldergate and the Millennium Bridge. Typical ride time: 4m 30s. The graphic shows the route is flat. Compare this with 'Bishy Road see: #174755 and the signed diversion: #174756.

On 21 September 2021 I submitted a FoI request:

"Please see below the response to your enquiry under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).


· Request point 1 - Who at CYC signed off the Terry Avenue diversion i.e. who had the ultimate responsibility?

Response – The detail of the diversion routes for pedestrians and cyclists was required to have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Planning Committee by planning approval 19/00570/FUL, Condition 23.

This condition was discharged under planning reference AOD/20/00269, with the diversion routes submitted by the applicant, reviewed by the Highway Authority (involving the Highway Development Control Engineer, the Traffic and Highway Development Manager and the Head of Transport) and the Planning Authority. As per the planning condition, the diversion routes were approved by the Planning Authority in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Planning Committee. The relevant documents and decisions are available on the planning portal at this link: www.york.gov.uk/SearchPlanningApplications.



· Request point 2 - Please list the criteria the diversion had to meet

Response – The routes are diversion routes for a closure associated with road/street works, in this case works undertaken by the environment Agency in the adopted highway. The site set up, including diversion routes, therefore has to be compliant with the “Safety at Street Works and Road Works - A Code of Practice” document, known as the Red Book, which is available here: assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/321056/safety-at-streetworks.pdf

The Red Book requires that “a risk assessment must be carried out on any diversion route to ensure it is suitable and safe for the diverted traffic or pedestrians”. This was undertaken through the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Road Safety Audits which are available on the planning portal under planning reference AOD/20/00269.


· Request point 3 - For each of those points in 2, please tell me how well CYC considers the Terry Avenue diversion, agreed on and implemented, meets them

Response – The pedestrian and cycle diversion routes accepted under AOD/20/00269 are considered to meet the requirements of the Red Book.



· Request point 4 - Please tell me the extent to which CYC considers the Terry Avenue diversion agreed on and implemented:

o a) is safe at night/in the dark/in bad weather for all cyclists;

o b) is comfortable and safe in very hot weather for all cyclists;

o c) offers seating and resting areas along its length in recognition of the steep hills;

o d) offers places people can stop and chat with people they know/and don't;

o e) offers opportunities for people to get into conversation with people they don't know;

o f) can be used by people with a learning difficulty/disability.

Response – City of York Council does not hold this data. The pedestrian and cycle diversion routes accepted under AOD/20/00269 are considered to meet the requirements of the Red Book.



· Request point 5 - Please tell me what is the youngest age the diversion is considered to be ridable by someone cycling on their own in bad weather which limits visibility at the time of year the nights are longest and the days shortest.

Response - City of York Council does not hold this data. The pedestrian and cycle diversion routes accepted under AOD/20/00269 are considered to meet the requirements of the Red Book."

The route (I refer to the whole stretch as 'Terry Ave') is level, flat and linear/continuous. It can be ridden in hot weather as the actual Terry Avenue stretch is lined by trees; in windy and wet weather, as it is mostly motor traffic-free; can be ridden safely in the dark as it is well lit, very well used and is mostly motor traffic-free; can be ridden in snow - if it is not icy - as it is mostly motor traffic-free; is logical, so can be used by many people with learning difficulties or with other cognitive disabilities; could be ridden safely (in my view) by a 10 year old on their own after a couple of trips with an adult; can be ridden if you are feeling under the weather, vulnerable (pregnant or following bad news) or tired but still want to get out; by people who suffer when exposed to air pollution/particles caused by motor vehicles. It can be enjoyed by slower, more cautious, less confident riders or visitors, or people with children or adults they care for on their cycles, by older people including care home residents under the Cycling Without Age programme (yorkbikebelles.community/events/cyclingwithoutage/), by children learning to balance bike or progressing to cycles with pedals. It can be ridden sociably - side by side - and you are able to talk as you cycle as it is safe, wide and there is no motor traffic-noise. If you meet someone you know who is walking - you can walk companionably talking as you go. If you meet an acquaintance you can stop and talk - there's space to do so and it's quiet. The space and the variety of users lead to conversations with people you don't know. It builds communities.

Further graph like this: #175094

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