Short-term cycle lane put in in Welwyn Backyard Metropolis city centre


PUBLISHED: 14:59 04 August 2020 | UPDATED: 14:59 04 August 2020

Temporary cycle lanes on Bridge Road, Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Leighton Colegrave

Short-term cycle lanes on Bridge Street, Welwyn Backyard Metropolis. Image: Leighton Colegrave


A brand new non permanent cycle lane has been put in in Welwyn Backyard Metropolis as a part of Hertfordshire County Council’s plans for sustainable journey and recovering the county put up COVID-19.

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HCC thinks the brand new lane on Hunters Bridge Street, which hyperlinks the city centre to the present cycleways on Broadwater Street and Bessemer Street, will fill in an necessary lacking hyperlink within the city’s cycle community.

The cycle lane highway markings and signage are already in place, and to additional enhance security, bollards shall be put in to bodily separate bikes and automobiles by Monday, August 17.

Cllr Phil Bibby, HCC cupboard member for highways and surroundings, stated: “We wish strolling and biking to be a simple and handy selection for individuals visiting our city centres, and this additional authorities funding helps us to fill a spot in Welwyn Backyard Metropolis’s cycle community

“Throughout this pandemic we’ve seen many individuals taking over biking for train and leisure, and a few have now made the swap to utilizing their bikes as a inexperienced and secure method to journey, while remaining socially distanced. These measures we’re putting in now will encourage extra individuals to make the swap and take into consideration biking as their transport of selection.”

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HCC selected Hunters Bridge as its first location for a brand new cycle lane – which was funded via £1.25 million Emergency Lively Journey Funding grant by the Division for Transport – after ideas from native county councillors, biking teams, district and borough councils, in addition to the Widen My Path web site.

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The grant by the Transport Division – led by Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps – is designed to permit native councils to quickly set up non permanent strolling and biking measures to help native lively journey priorities and the coronavirus restoration.

The work has been carried out shortly, by HCC, as it’s a situation of the DfT funding that the cash is spent by the tip of August.

The cycle lane shall be monitored and could also be made everlasting whether it is discovered to achieve success.

HCC is reviewing different prompt places across the county and shall be bidding for additional funding from the DfD to ship extra lively journey enhancements within the coming yr.

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