City of York Council is investing £500,000, as part of a longer term initiative, to introduce cycling and walking improvements across the city.
With a reduction in traffic and following national guidance on social distancing measures, more residents are cycling and walking. Shorter term measures have already been introduced to provide more space for residents to social distance whilst walking, alongside other measures.
The council is continuing to look at opportunities to enhance routes for residents. This is in addition to measures already in place, including:
- extending the footway outside shops on Bishopthorpe Road
- temporarily keeping the lane closure on Castle Mills Bridge, in order to provide a cycle lane and pedestrian safety
- encouraging cyclists to avoid the busiest shared use paths and use roads if possible
- encouraging cyclists and pedestrians to visit ITravel York to download the cycling and walking maps and plan their routes
- Park and Pedal: Park your car at Rawcliffe, Monks Cross or Designer Outlet Park and Ride sites and cycle to your destination
The £500,000 funding will be used on longer-term schemes to make routes safer by:
- resurfacing road with hazardous pot-holes for cyclists
- making improvements to footways
- pedestrian crossings
- introducing more dropped kerbs
- smart travel options
- improving cycling across the city
The £500,000 funding was agreed following a budget amendment last year. This amendment included an allocation of £1 million for improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. £500,000 of this funding has been devolved to ward members for specific improvements within their wards for cyclists and pedestrians leaving a further £500,000 for more general schemes.
Councillor Stephen Fenton, Dringhouses and Woodthorpe, said:
“This list of schemes is a start. I am particularly pleased to see much-needed investment in improving cycle margins. Many people are understandably put off cycling by having to dodge potholes in the cycle margins and it is a particular issue in York’s suburbs and villages. If we are to sustain and build on the increase we have seen in the number of people cycling over recent weeks, sorting out the cycle margins is a top priority.”