Scheme includes 20mph zones in Thornbury, Laisterdyke, Barkerend and Bradford Moor

The route of the cycle super-highway

The route of the cycle super-highway

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

An ambitious new £29 million cycling ‘superhighway’ linking Bradford to Leeds moved a step closer yesterday.

The 23km route connecting the two cities has been dubbed the ‘Highway to Health’ as it is hoped it will help get people more active.

Yesterday, Bradford Council’s executive agreed to commit staff and technical services to the scheme to help make it a reality.

It also agreed to the principle of creating 20mph zones across many neighbourhoods in east Bradford to make cycling safer in those areas.

Councillor Val Slater, executive member for transport, said the scheme was great news for the district.

She said: “It’s money totally coming from the Government. There are no particular direct Council resources, finance-wise, although there will be staffing resources.”

The project won an £18 million grant from the Department for Transport last year, with extra cash coming from West Yorkshire transport authority Metro and other schemes.

Much of the new cycle superhighway will be segregated from vehicle traffic. The main route will start in Bradford city centre and will travel along Barkerend Road, Leeds Old Road and Leeds Road into Pudsey and then Leeds city centre, before ending in Seacroft.

The cycle path will also fork off along Dick Lane to the south and Gain Lane to the north of Leeds Road to serve communities there.

Residential areas which sit alongside sections of the superhighway will be turned into 20mph zones, with traffic calming measures to “provide convenient and safe cycle access to the new cycle network”, a new Bradford Council report says.

These 20mph zones will cover much of Thornbury, Laisterdyke, Barkerend and Bradford Moor, although many main roads will not be affected. Detailed plans will now be drawn up and sent out for public consultation.

And there will be a separate route along an upgraded Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath. The Canal and River Trust will resurface the towpath between Shipley and Armley to ensure the route can be used by cyclists all year round. The materials used to resurface the path will be “sympathetic to the nature of the surroundings”, the Council’s report says.

There will also be new cycle parking facilities and a programme of events and training opportunities designed to encourage more people to take to two wheels on the new routes.

It is hoped the project will be completed by summer 2015.

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5:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Tonybaloni says...

Stupid Bradford council yet again. The worst place for a cycle lane is on a ruddy hill. The Canal should get this money spent on it. It's flat and more direct and you could join Bradford via Canal road / Shipley field's.
I suspect the council are using this money simply to upgrade it's road system and stuff the cyclists.
The prescribed route would be like running the gauntlet for cyclists through some of the most crime ridden areas of the district.
You couldn't make up the ineptness of these people.
Our forefathers stuck the canal where it is for a reason.
Stupid Bradford council yet again. The worst place for a cycle lane is on a ruddy hill. The Canal should get this money spent on it. It's flat and more direct and you could join Bradford via Canal road / Shipley field's. I suspect the council are using this money simply to upgrade it's road system and stuff the cyclists. The prescribed route would be like running the gauntlet for cyclists through some of the most crime ridden areas of the district. You couldn't make up the ineptness of these people. Our forefathers stuck the canal where it is for a reason. Tonybaloni
  • Score: 12

6:43pm Tue 14 Jan 14

steve10 says...

29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.
29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax. steve10
  • Score: -7

6:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

tinytoonster says...

steve10 wrote:
29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.
exactly.
maybe we should introduce a cycle tax.
for the upkeep like i have to pay every year to get whiplash from the potholes!
it feels like i pay but get nothing in return.
oh thats right thats what being a taxpayer means....
also,
“It’s money totally coming from the Government. There are no particular direct Council resources, finance-wise, although there will be staffing resources.”

so it will cost us anyway!!
[quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: 29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.[/p][/quote]exactly. maybe we should introduce a cycle tax. for the upkeep like i have to pay every year to get whiplash from the potholes! it feels like i pay but get nothing in return. oh thats right thats what being a taxpayer means.... also, “It’s money totally coming from the Government. There are no particular direct Council resources, finance-wise, although there will be staffing resources.” so it will cost us anyway!! tinytoonster
  • Score: -5

9:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Steve30d says...

Tonybaloni wrote:
Stupid Bradford council yet again. The worst place for a cycle lane is on a ruddy hill. The Canal should get this money spent on it. It's flat and more direct and you could join Bradford via Canal road / Shipley field's.
I suspect the council are using this money simply to upgrade it's road system and stuff the cyclists.
The prescribed route would be like running the gauntlet for cyclists through some of the most crime ridden areas of the district.
You couldn't make up the ineptness of these people.
Our forefathers stuck the canal where it is for a reason.
So they get the cash before consultation with the public has been done? seems like a Fait Accompli like what this council is somewhat renouwned at doing. What are the knock on effects for other areas? Look at the map and *IF* the scheme has it's claimed effect surely that'll end up pushing more vehicular traffic along Undercliffe Lane which happens to have a secondary school on it. Where are the crossings on that road? I predict that even with the traffic calming measures in residental area, that this scheme will result in far more traffic accidents involving kids trying to cross busier roads, and save a few accidents involving adult cyclists. Good if you're a cyclist, not so good if you're a parent or a child.
[quote][p][bold]Tonybaloni[/bold] wrote: Stupid Bradford council yet again. The worst place for a cycle lane is on a ruddy hill. The Canal should get this money spent on it. It's flat and more direct and you could join Bradford via Canal road / Shipley field's. I suspect the council are using this money simply to upgrade it's road system and stuff the cyclists. The prescribed route would be like running the gauntlet for cyclists through some of the most crime ridden areas of the district. You couldn't make up the ineptness of these people. Our forefathers stuck the canal where it is for a reason.[/p][/quote]So they get the cash before consultation with the public has been done? seems like a Fait Accompli like what this council is somewhat renouwned at doing. What are the knock on effects for other areas? Look at the map and *IF* the scheme has it's claimed effect surely that'll end up pushing more vehicular traffic along Undercliffe Lane which happens to have a secondary school on it. Where are the crossings on that road? I predict that even with the traffic calming measures in residental area, that this scheme will result in far more traffic accidents involving kids trying to cross busier roads, and save a few accidents involving adult cyclists. Good if you're a cyclist, not so good if you're a parent or a child. Steve30d
  • Score: -2

9:34pm Tue 14 Jan 14

I can see clearly now... says...

steve10 wrote:
29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.
Yawn! Here we go. Let's get our facts straight before we start bleating shall we? There is no such thing as "Road Tax". I think you will find that it's correct name is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which taxes vehicles on their CO2 emissions not on their usage of roads. Since cycles do not emit any CO2, therefore, that is why they do not pay VED. The only "Road Tax" that exists for actually road usage is for toll roads such as the M6 Toll as an example. Statistically, cyclists have a slightly higher rate of car ownership than non cyclists so in actual fact, cyclists do pay VED and so if anything, they should in fact be given a rebate since they are making a conscious decision not to use their cars!

Having said all that, I do think that £29m seems excessive and that the money would be better spent on upgrading the canal towpath.
[quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: 29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.[/p][/quote]Yawn! Here we go. Let's get our facts straight before we start bleating shall we? There is no such thing as "Road Tax". I think you will find that it's correct name is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which taxes vehicles on their CO2 emissions not on their usage of roads. Since cycles do not emit any CO2, therefore, that is why they do not pay VED. The only "Road Tax" that exists for actually road usage is for toll roads such as the M6 Toll as an example. Statistically, cyclists have a slightly higher rate of car ownership than non cyclists so in actual fact, cyclists do pay VED and so if anything, they should in fact be given a rebate since they are making a conscious decision not to use their cars! Having said all that, I do think that £29m seems excessive and that the money would be better spent on upgrading the canal towpath. I can see clearly now...
  • Score: 5

10:22pm Tue 14 Jan 14

sam-tyler says...

Complete and utter waste of money.
You might get a dozen or so Lycra clad middle aged bods trying to shed a few pounds on a new mountain bike, but 29 mill........???
Complete and utter waste of money. You might get a dozen or so Lycra clad middle aged bods trying to shed a few pounds on a new mountain bike, but 29 mill........??? sam-tyler
  • Score: -3

10:43pm Tue 14 Jan 14

PlatPlat says...

This project will be far more transformative than the ill-fated NGT. It will make cycling safe, and more importantly it will FEEL safe, keeping bikes segregated from other traffic and so open up cheap and healthy journey opportunities for all in these communities.
This project will be far more transformative than the ill-fated NGT. It will make cycling safe, and more importantly it will FEEL safe, keeping bikes segregated from other traffic and so open up cheap and healthy journey opportunities for all in these communities. PlatPlat
  • Score: 5

11:06am Wed 15 Jan 14

Richard of Wantage says...

steve10 wrote:
29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.
As a cyclist I do pay for road improvements via my council tax and general taxation. (If you are stilling paying the Road Tax, you need to ask for a refund as it was terminated by the 1938 Finance Bill.) Cyclists probably contribute more per person than any of the winging couch potatoes who only ever drive to the nearest off-licence and tobacconist.
[quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: 29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.[/p][/quote]As a cyclist I do pay for road improvements via my council tax and general taxation. (If you are stilling paying the Road Tax, you need to ask for a refund as it was terminated by the 1938 Finance Bill.) Cyclists probably contribute more per person than any of the winging couch potatoes who only ever drive to the nearest off-licence and tobacconist. Richard of Wantage
  • Score: 6

9:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Tonybaloni says...

steve10 wrote:
29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.
You don't pay road tax like me you pay vehicle excise duty.
In fact I pay for two cars and a large expensive van.
I also cycle daily because I like being alive. Try it you may find it helps with the constipation.
[quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: 29 Million on Cyclists WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cyclist pay nothing try spending the money on improving the roads for all us that pay Road Tax.[/p][/quote]You don't pay road tax like me you pay vehicle excise duty. In fact I pay for two cars and a large expensive van. I also cycle daily because I like being alive. Try it you may find it helps with the constipation. Tonybaloni
  • Score: 2

9:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Tonybaloni says...

sam-tyler wrote:
Complete and utter waste of money.
You might get a dozen or so Lycra clad middle aged bods trying to shed a few pounds on a new mountain bike, but 29 mill........???
I pass 30 to 50 an hour on the canal tow path. The idea is to get more doing it.
You do know if you cycle regularly you will live 10 years longer than someone who doesn't exercise and 4 years longer than a jogger.
It's also good for your mind and stops you being so miserable.
[quote][p][bold]sam-tyler[/bold] wrote: Complete and utter waste of money. You might get a dozen or so Lycra clad middle aged bods trying to shed a few pounds on a new mountain bike, but 29 mill........???[/p][/quote]I pass 30 to 50 an hour on the canal tow path. The idea is to get more doing it. You do know if you cycle regularly you will live 10 years longer than someone who doesn't exercise and 4 years longer than a jogger. It's also good for your mind and stops you being so miserable. Tonybaloni
  • Score: 2

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