‘Tube map’ of cycle routes made as Leicester community expands with new pop-up lanes

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As new pop-up cycle paths seem throughout Leicester, the town council has drawn up a London Underground-style map to indicate how the community works.

The brand new routes have been launched to assist individuals who need to cycle quite than threat their well being on crowded buses. Many pavements are additionally being widened via lane closures as effectively, to make strolling a extra enticing choices.

Whereas extra adjustments are deliberate sooner or later below the Covid-19 Transport Restoration Plan, Leicester Metropolis Council has thus far made adjustments to 11 miles of footpaths and cycle paths across the metropolis.

On the centre of the brand new map is Leicester Bike Park, based mostly at Leicester City Corridor, which re-opened final month with no charges for folks wanting someplace safe to go away their bikes within the metropolis centre.

The deputy metropolis mayor, Adam Clarke, tweeted the brand new cycle routes map, which was impressed by the London tube map.

Within the tweet he stated: “We stated we’d do 10 miles of pop-up biking and strolling in ten weeks.

“We’ve completed *11*. Covid protected, low carbon and well being giving.

“Right here’s our hot-off-the-press ‘tube map’ of routes.

“We’re now transferring into the following stage: #watchthisspace.”

He inspired folks to go to the town council’s web site at http://widenmypath.com/leicester the place anybody can add their options for higher biking or strolling routes, lane closures or street closures.

Dozens of options have already been made for routes all around the metropolis, in addition to some for the county space.

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Folks commenting on Twitter had been principally happy with the work thus far and looking out ahead to extra adjustments.

One stated: “Sensible work. It actually feels a lot safer biking now. Any plans for connecting villages to the south?”

Final month the town council did a survey and located an enormous improve in biking across the metropolis.

On the finish of Might they arrange 14 checkpoints on the identical spots the place a rely had been carried out in Might 2019.

They discovered the variety of folks biking was up by 45 per cent general.

Talking final month, Coun Clarke stated: “There was an enormous surge in reputation for biking for the reason that coronavirus lockdown started – which suggests each week is Bike Week in Leicester in the meanwhile.

“We’re actually eager to construct on this momentum to assist much more native folks to grow to be on a regular basis cyclists. This might be one thing actually optimistic to return out of this terrible disaster.

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“There’s a wealth of proof that creating house strolling and biking has a really optimistic impression on the excessive road, in addition to selling well being, cleansing the air and serving to to fight the local weather emergency.

“An increasing number of individuals are realising the advantages of biking, strolling and people-friendly streets, which is why we have now put these on the coronary heart of our covid-19 transport restoration plan.

“We all know that not everybody can stroll or cycle, however by making it as simple, protected and nice as attainable for individuals who can, we release our transport community for individuals who can’t. The outcomes are extremely optimistic for all of us.”

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Leicestershire County Council can be busy creating higher cycle and strolling routes and new enhancements had been introduced earlier this week for areas together with Market Harborough, Birstall and Leicester Forest East.

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