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Liverpool cycle lane opens in bid to make city more active

To encourage locals to be more active, a new cycling lane has opened in Liverpool’s city center.

On Monday, it was unveiled the £11 million revamp linking bikes to Lime Street, one of Liverpool’s busiest neighborhoods.

As the council had opened a public consultation, three bike routes in Sefton Park, Gateacre, and Norris Green are being taken into consideration.

The measures, according to the council, would “fix the gaps and breakdowns” in the bicycle network in Liverpool.

On Monday, further details about the Lime Street revitalization project were unveiled, including a bike shelter, crossings, and a new bus route.

From William Brown Street, the path travels along the city’s shoreline to St. John’s Lane.

The council said that the upgrades would “benefit millions of people” who visited the surrounding theaters and museums as well as the train station.

Additionally, a six-week consultation on enhancing three cycling routes has been started by Liverpool Council:

  • From Norris Green to Breck Road and on to Everton Park, take East Lancashire Road towards the city center.
  • Gateacre to the city center, which connects the campuses of the many universities with the Knowledge Quarter
  • Connecting the Ropewalks to the Baltic Triangle and then to Dingle and Aigburth from Sefton Park in the city center

Until September 9, opinions on the lanes, which include improvements to pathways and pedestrian crossing facilities totaling 3.7 miles (6 kilometers), are being sought.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, the plans are essential to the city’s active transport initiative and will close gaps in the current network to address barriers to cycling.

The active travel program’s £3 million phase will also upgrade 30 access points along the Liverpool Loop Line.

As part of the British Cycling places to ride initiative, plans for a new cycling training facility have also been prepared for a position at Everton Park.

The site would offer a fictitious network of roads so that kids may practice negotiating various crossroads.

The European Union, the Department for Transport, Liverpool City Region, and planning payments from the city council’s Section 106 budget are the sources of funding for this new phase.

Although Liverpool’s cycling service was “not where it should be,” councillor Dan Barrington noted that it was “going in the right direction.”

The city’s bike network needed to be “joined up the routes and addressing the gaps and breaks,” he continued.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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