NORTH Somerset Council has installed 15 devices across North Somerset to monitor how many people use public rights of way.

Across the region, there are over 500 miles of public rights of way, which include footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths.

These provide a safe alternative to busy roads and lanes.

The £16,500 project, which was co-funded by the council, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the National Grid, will help the council gather information on what routes are used the most. This will help inform the council's maintenance programme and allow decision-makers to see where resources should be allocated.

The counters, which require minimal maintenance, will also monitor public response to route improvements.

Councillor Mike Solomon, North Somerset Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: "This project aligns with our vision of creating accessible and safe public rights of way ensuring visitors and residents can enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of large parts of our countryside while promoting health through exercise and leisure and all while helping reduce carbon emissions."