Liverpool gets up to speed in cycling revolution

 

Liverpool City Council is set to deliver a £4m fund for up to 65 miles of pop-up cycle lanes along seven key routes across the city.

A report to the cabinet on Friday (5 June) recommends the action, which the council has been promoting on social media.

The first branch covering two miles has already been established on West Derby Road – along the eastern corridor into the city centre – and the council’s highways team have now identified the remaining routes.

The lanes will be introduced over the coming weeks and months as a response to the Covid-19 impact on people’s travel plans

The seven pop-up routes will be:

  • Route 1 – West Derby Road – Kensington – City South
  • Route 2 – Sefton Park to City Centre –Sefton Park perimeter – Sefton Park Road – Kingsley Road – Crown Street – Hall Lane – University hospital
  • Route 3 – Liverpool Loop North: Bootle New Strand – Bank Hall – Vauxhall – City Centre
  • Route 4 – LCWIP North: East Lancs – Townsend – Breck Road – City Centre
  • Route 5 – LCWIP East: East Prescot Road – University Hospital – London Road – City Centre
  • Route 6 – LCWIP South (University Route): Gateacre – Woolton Road – Wavertree – Lawrence Road – Crown Street – Myrtle Street – City Centre
  • Route 7 – Liverpool Loop South: Hale – Speke Boulevard – Garston Village – Aigburth Road – City Centre

The council is in line for £1.9m of emergency government funding for active travel interventions to support the move out of lockdown.

A further £7.8m could potentially be allocated to Liverpool in the second phase of the recently announced £225m active travel fund from the Department for Transport.

A further £100,000 has been identified to invest in upgrading infrastructure for Liverpool’s existing CityBike hire scheme.

The proposed £4m pop-up cycling fund is part of a wider £15.5m investment in a new phase of Liverpool’s £500m Better Roads programme.

The works programmes are to be awarded to companies already on the council’s procurement framework system.

The council is also currently overseeing a £45m upgrade to the city centre mobility with 11km of new permanent cycle lanes and is also about to look at expanding its 20mph zones.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: 'In a very short time we’ve started to deliver this new network of pop-up cycle lanes and this level of investment underlines our commitment to ensure this is implemented right across the city.

'I’ve been greatly encouraged by the feedback to date from cyclists – old and new – and I know there are ways we can improve further. Upgrading the CityBike scheme is another step in the right direction and we will continue to listen to see what other opportunities there are to make improvements.'

Simon O’Brien, Liverpool’s Cycling Commissioner, added: 'This is the moment for every community to rethink, not just the city centre, but our local high streets and our own neighbourhoods. Let’s banish the worst of this terrible pandemic and hold on to the surprising pleasures of lockdown. Safe, quiet streets, clean air and a rediscovered love of the world on our doorsteps. These bike lanes will be a vital part of a new even better Liverpool where people come first.'

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