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Liverpool gets 100km of temporary cycle lanes

Joseph Delves
13 May 2020

Measures aim to help residents travel safely during Covid-19

Liverpool is set to get an extra 100 kilometres of temporary cycle lanes covering key routes into and around the city. The £2 million scheme is designed to help people move around the city at a time when the Government is urging many back to work - but also advising against using public transport.

Two major corridors have already been chosen: Sefton Park Perimeter - this begins on Aigburth Drive before heading to Upper Parliament Street junction, then to Oxford Street East and finishing on Hall Lane, and West Derby Road Route - which starts at West Derby Road (junction with Green Lane), Rocky Lane, back along West Derby Road, left on to Farnworth Street, finally right on to Kensington.

Five more major routes are also expected to be announced before the weekend.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: 'The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our way of life beyond imagination, but the challenges it has presented also provided us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine how we use and travel within our cities.

'We’re already doing much to alter how people use Liverpool city centre. We must now go further than we ever dreamed possible and use our highways network in a way which balances the needs of our economy, our health and our environment.

'This £2 million programme for temporary cycle lanes and part-pedestrianisation is just one step on the road to recovery. Hopefully, it will provide businesses and their workforce strong alternatives if they don’t want to use public transport and don’t have access to a car.'

City centre redesign

Even before the crisis, Liverpool had begun a £45 million redesign of its city centre. This will see pavements widened, the addition of 11km of new permanent cycle lanes, and the possible extension of 20mph (32kmh) zones.

Looking ahead to when lockdown is further relaxed, the latest measures will also include new street furniture designed to allow people to socialise at a safe distance. Alongside these infrastructure changes, restaurants and cafes will be permitted to use the pavement once they’re allowed to reopen.

Similar schemes allocating more space to cyclists have also been announced in London and Brighton, along with cities across Europe. At the same time, demand for bikes has soared as more people balance the need to return to work with the continued risks of using public transport.