Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has given the go-ahead for a £ 2m funding program to introduce up to 100km of new pop-up bike paths along key routes in and out inside Liverpool city center.
Two key corridors have already been identified as new cycle corridors and will be implemented next weekend.
The city council plan will also include wider sidewalks in the city center and new street furniture to allow people to socialize from a safe distance and make the sidewalk cafes easier once restrictions are lifted.
The move follows a review of city traffic patterns on how best to help people get back to work as the government begins to slowly ease lock restrictions for certain areas.
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Two key corridors have already been identified for temporary bike paths – and are expected to be introduced by this weekend. They are:
Perimeter of Sefton Park
– The route from Sefton Park – Aigburth Drive, through Ullet Road through Croxteth Road to Sefton Park Road and along Lodge Lane.
– Across the intersection of Upper Parliament Street and take the bike path on Smithdown Lane
– From Crown Street to Oxford Street East. Continue on Mason Street to Irvine Street. Across Edge Lane on Mount Vernon Green and on Hall Lane.
West Derby Route:
– West Derby Road (junction with incoming and outgoing Green Lane), Rocky Lane, return along West Derby Road, left on Farnworth Street right on Kensington.
While the new cycle paths will initially be temporary, there is an ambition to make them permanent further down the line.
Wider roads and 20 mph zones
In addition to the network of temporary cycle paths, the mayor is also considering a temporary widening of the sidewalks in the city center to allow further social separation and instructed the council’s highways department to reorganize the city bike program.
ECHO understands that popular downtown streets like Castle Street and Bold Street are among those that need to be adapted.
Liverpool city council is currently undertaking a £ 45 million redesign of the city center, introducing 11 km of new permanent cycle lanes and is about to expand its areas by 20 mph, but the mayor said the moment had come to be “as radical as possible” to ensure that improvements in the air quality of the locked-out city continued for years.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on our way of life beyond imagination, but the challenges it has presented have also given us a unique opportunity to reinvent the way we use and travel in our cities.
“We are already doing a lot to change the way people use Liverpool city center, but now we have to go further than we ever thought possible and use our road network in a way that balances the needs of our economy, our health and our environment.
“This £ 2 million program for temporary cycle lanes and partial pedestrianization is just one step on the long road to recovery, but we hope it will provide businesses and their workforce solid alternatives if they do not want to use public transport and do not have access to it. to a car. ”
Councilor Sharon Connor, a member of the Liverpool city council’s cabinet for highways, added: “Walking and cycling have seen a huge increase since lockout started, because for many it is the only way to exercise.
“This change has seen a huge boost to the well-being of people and our communities and it is essential that we do not lose that.”
“In some ways, quieter roads have been a blessing to our environment and our stress levels, but as some areas are slowly getting back to work, we need to make sure these transportation alternatives are viable and plentiful so those who want continue walking or cycling can do it safely. ”
Simon O’Brien, Liverpool cycling commissioner, added: “This terrible disease meant that we had to change the way we live our lives overnight. Now is the time to change the way we live in our city for the future.
“These pop-up bike paths will allow everyone to choose how we travel to Liverpool. It is also an incredible opportunity to test the permanent network of cycle paths that the mayor has asked me to help create over the next few years.
“It’s time for every community to rethink; not just downtown, but our local main streets and our own neighborhoods.
“Let’s banish the worst of this terrible pandemic and keep the surprising pleasures of locking. Safe and quiet streets, clean air and a new love for the world on our doorstep. These cycle lanes will be an even better vital part of Liverpool. Where people come first. ”
Mayor Anderson is also inviting councilors, businesses and the public to share ideas on how to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians in the downtown area.
Liverpool Dem Lib chief Cllr Richard Kemp said the plans were welcome, but that broader and more permanent measures in the city were needed.
He also believes that a number of projects underway in the city should be abandoned.
He said: “The mayor’s cycling and pedestrian plans are welcome but inconsistent and inconsistent. In practice, it makes minor modifications to the proposals that require a radical change in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. City center proposals for Strand and Lime streets will make bus use more difficult.
“The Riverside Drive project will encourage more cars to travel on the roads and cause major traffic problems in the Aigburth and Mossley Hill areas. If the mayor wants to be radical, he must examine these major projects and eliminate them to use all the vehicles available. money more efficiently elsewhere.
“The city needs to examine a comprehensive review of its operations in light of the changes in work, leisure and education practices that Covid-19 has imposed on us, but which are now welcomed by many.”