New cycle route planned as part of £173K package to encourage people out of their cars

9 Jun 2020 @ 7.35 am
| Transport

A new cycle route is in the works, as City of York Council prepares to spend £173K of government money to promote cycling and walking across the city.

The cash comes from the government’s emergency active travel fund. To qualify, the council has drawn up a programme of actions to help people ditch their cars and commute on foot or by bike.

The proposed measures include:

  • Extensions to existing Park and Pedal facilities at the Park & Ride sites, alongside a new cycle route from Rawcliffe Park & Ride site along Shipton Road
  • Enhanced cycle lanes on Bootham
  • Improved cycle parking in the city centre
  • Temporary footway widening at pinch points near shops
  • Alterations to signal timings to reduce pedestrian queuing at city centre traffic lights.

The funding will also allow The Groves’s neighbourhood traffic reduction 18-month trial to move ahead more quickly. 

The investment is in addition to the council’s own £500K spend to improve walking and cycle routes announced last month.

Deputy leader of the council Andy D’Agorne said: “With more shops opening next week and other businesses hoping to resume in July, we will be moving swiftly to implement these measures that support a choice for those who can, to walk or cycle to the city centre rather than driving.”