Work On West Yorkshire Cycling Infrastructure Brought Forward

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Work On West Yorkshire Cycling Infrastructure Brought Forward

Work On West Yorkshire Cycling Infrastructure Brought Forward

Work on the £6.9 million cycling development in West Yorkshire has been brought forward to help offset the loss in capacity on public transport, with workers already on the job at Claypit Lane in Leeds, which is where segregated bike lanes are now being laid.

The Cycling Starts Here campaign from Leeds City Council has indicated that there could be up to 500 miles of safe cycling routes across the region in the future. The Clay Pit Lane work will see new lanes linking up with infrastructure already on Meanwood Road, as well as providing safer conditions on the Inner Ring Road, Cycling Industry reports.

The hope is that 5.8km of new lanes will be in operation in the near future so that people are able to maintain social distancing measures while the pandemic is still ongoing.

Councillor Kim Groves, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “These important schemes will provide communities in Beeston, Holbeck and Hunslet, as well as those in the north of the city, with high-quality cycling and walking routes and the Dewsbury Road scheme will provide an important missing link in the existing network to create a continuous 4.4km segregated route for south Leeds.”

She went on to say that by 2027, it’s hoped that the number of bike trips taken in the region will increase by 300 per cent. This will boost people’s health and save them money at the same time, as well as helping the area achieve its net zero carbon economy goal by 2038 at the latest.

City Connect has been building dedicated cycle lanes and also improving canal towpaths to make it safer and easier for people to ride bikes.

Some Phase 1 schemes have already been completed, including the Leeds to Bradford Cycle Superhighway, the Kirkstall to Shipley Canal Towpath upgrade, increased cycle parking and the Leeds Community Cycle Hub and Activity Centre.

Other work being carried out under the Connecting Leeds umbrella includes creating a new high frequency bus network, developing three new rail stations, economic hubs to serve Leeds Bradford Airport, Thorpe Park and White Rose, provision of 2,000 additional park and ride spaces,  and 1,000 more bus stops with real-time information.

Last month (May), a group of cycling industry leaders called on the government to make improvements to biking infrastructure in order to help people adhere to social distancing guidelines, with more people better able to commute to work by bicycle once lockdown comes to an end.

Local authorities were urged to consider bringing in temporary walking and cycling schemes, as many streets around the country aren’t currently fit for purpose during the coronavirus crisis.

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