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Shared cycle ways plan to make routes safer
9:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A scheme to make Shipley a safer place to be a cyclist could get the final stamp of approval tomorrow.
Bradford Council has proposed turning a number of pedestrian-only footways into mix of cycle and pedestrian routes to cut down on the number of busy main roads cyclists have to tackle.
It is part of a much wider ranging plan to encourage cycling in the district and create better links between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Shipley and Bradford city centre, especially young cyclists who may be put off by the idea of having to compete with cars when travelling on some of the town’s busiest roads.
The routes that will be upgraded include Otley Road/Briggate from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to Shipley train station, along Gaisby Lane from Canal Road to Powell Road, Poplar Road between Windhill and Frizinghall, and along a stretch of Frizinghall Road, near Frizinghall station.
The Council will widen pavements to help accommodate the extra traffic on the former pedestrian-only routes.
Highways officers looked into creating segregated cycle and pedestrian routes, but these were not possible as they require pavements of a minimum 3.5 metre width, and the planned routes are between 2.5 metres and 3.5 metres wide.
The Canal Road Greenway plan is for a traffic free route from Shipley to Bradford, starting at Shipley Station and ending at Stanley Road, Frizinghall. These proposed shared pathways will link different parts of Shipley to this greenway.
The routes will be finalised by Bradford Council’s Shipley Area committee at a meeting tomorrow night. It has been out to consultation for several months, and has not raised any objections.
The report going to the committee says: “Walking and cycling are sustainable forms of travel. If attitudes to transport are to be changed and more sustainable choices encouraged, the provision of safe cycling routes will be a key factor.
“The Canal Road Corridor scheme aims to enhance safety for vulnerable highway users by improving provision for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly child cyclists.
“The conversion of the footways to un-segregated shared use between pedestrians and cyclists will reduce the potential conflict with motorised traffic.”
Councillor Martin Love (Green, Shipley) said: “Shared pathways can work quite well as long as they are signposted well enough.
“I’m going to ask the committee for more signage that will ask cyclists to give way to pedestrians. I’m sure they will but this would just help things. These routes aren’t a race track for cyclists – it is a way to get them from one cycle track to another safely.”
The committee meets at 6pm at Bingley Town Hall.
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