New cycle lanes to be launched to Widnes

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A PART of Widnes is to get new cycle lanes as a part of a brand new £2million funding.

Strolling and biking across the Liverpool Metropolis Refion is ready to get simpler as work begins on a six new “pop-up” cycle lanes and expanded footpaths.

The initiatives, masking every of the Liverpool Metropolis Area’s six boroughs, have been spurred by the speedy rise in strolling and biking over the coronavirus lockdown interval.

The work in Halton will happen in Hough Inexperienced.

Paid for by practically £2 million in emergency funding from central authorities and attributable to be accomplished by the tip of the summer time, MetroMayor Steve Rotheram has stated he hopes the brand new routes will encourage folks to get out of their vehicles and onto their bikes.

Mr Rotheram stated: “The coronavirus pandemic has seen plenty of folks getting again on their bikes and we’re doing all that we are able to to make it as protected and pleasing for them as doable.

“Biking is a lot better to your well being, the planet and to your pockets than taking the automotive. These new pop-up lanes ought to make it a lot simpler for folks to get about and hopefully assist encourage extra folks to ditch the automotive.”

The routes cowl a complete of 23km and have been described as “a big step” in direction of Mr Rotheram’s long-term aim of constructing 600km of cycle lanes throughout the town area.

The initiatives attributable to begin this week are:

Segregated cycle lanes for Hough Inexperienced city centre in Halton

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There can even be safer bike storage at biking hubs throughout the town area.

The adjustments observe a surge in strolling and biking since March, which 60 per cent of individuals stated they might sustain at the same time as lockdown measures lifted, in accordance with a survey by the Liverpool Mixed Authority.

Previous to the lockdown, solely 13 per cent of individuals within the metropolis area cycled a minimum of as soon as every week, with many would-be cyclists delay by security considerations. It’s these considerations that initiatives like segregated cycle lanes are designed to deal with.

Liverpool Metropolis Area Biking and Strolling Commissioner Simon O’Brien stated: “It’s implausible to see that work will likely be starting on new pop-up bike lanes and foot paths. Infrastructure like this may assist folks in our metropolis area to journey actively extra safely and with confidence.

“It’s additionally a tremendous alternative to check out our imaginative and prescient for a 600km community of high-quality, everlasting strolling and biking routes for the Liverpool Metropolis Area.

“Coronavirus has had a huge effect on our metropolis area, however we now have the chance to have a look at how we are able to change issues for the higher sooner or later – and rethinking the way in which we journey and taking extra journeys by bike and on foot must be a part of that.”

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