People are being urged to have their say about a new £29 million cycling ‘superhighway’ coming through their neighbourhoods.
The 23km route will provide dedicated cycle paths linking Bradford with Leeds and has been given the name CityConnect.
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 alongside sections of the superhighway will be turned into 20mph zones with traffic calming measures.
A public consultation started this week concentrating on the stretch of the CityConnect route from Thornbury to Stanningley in Leeds, and people are being encouraged to get in touch with their views.
Public events will be held tomorrow from 7pm to 9pm at St James Church Hall, Galloway Lane, Pudsey; Wednesday, February 19, from 2pm to 6pm at Sunfield Health Centre, Pudsey; and Saturday, February 22, from 10am to 3pm at Pudsey Civic Hall. People can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with their thoughts.
A consultation on the Bradford stretch is expected to begin next month.
Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for housing, planning and transport, said: “CityConnect is an important scheme that will improve connectivity between our two cities and create new opportunities for businesses, jobs, housing and health.
“We will be carrying out consultation right along the route and I will certainly be ensuring that people in Bradford have their say when we start to consult on that stage at the start of March.”
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.
There will also be a separate route along an upgraded Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath.
Metro chairman Councillor James Lewis said: “CityConnect will transform cycling between and within our cities and by providing people with more safe and attractive travel options will help to reduce congestion on our roads with the subsequent economic benefit that brings.”
It is hoped the project will be completed by summer 2015.