Yes, cyclists will be able to cycle on the Harbour Walkway. However, as is required for all shared use areas, all users must look out for one another. During busy periods, it is recommended that for safety to all it would be more suitable for cyclists to push their bikes for this stretch.
The Harbour Walkway will reduce the navigable channel within this area of the Floating Harbour and there will be a particular impact to the tunnel under the Temple Meads Viaduct. However, with a minimum useable width of approx. 11m through the tunnel this will be sufficient for the marine vessels that regularly operate in this area of the Floating Harbour. If a larger vessel is required to use this area of the Floating Harbour, which would be very infrequently, they would need to coordinate with the Harbour Master’s Office to use the other tunnel with care.
An ecology study has been completed and has confirmed that there are no bats or other wildlife living in the tunnel. However, an ecologically sensitive area outside of the tunnel, but within the project area, has been identified and the design has considered this to ensure no disturbance to this area.
Before being made eastbound only, Cattle Market Road had been closed to through traffic since June 2014 and therefore traffic that used to use this route would have already found an alternative route. There are a number of alternative routes for motor vehicles and the choice of route is dependent on their origin and destination. A traffic study was completed, which confirmed that the change would not have a significant impact on traffic flows.