Business owners concerned over parking say super cycleway will be bad for business

The Arora Hair Scalp and Beauty Clinic, Bradford Road, Pudsey

Just Home Furniture, Bradford Road, Pudsey

First published in News

Business owners fear their trade will be affected by a new £29 million super cycleway between Bradford and Leeds due to possible loss of parking outside their shops.

The scheme, known as CityConnect, to create a 23-kilometre connection between the two cities, was approved by the Department for Transport in August last year.

The proposals, submitted by Bradford Council, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, will include an east/west cross-city superhighway consisting of largely segregated cycle provision, resurfacing of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath between Shipley and Armley, secure bike parking areas, and 20mph zones for vehicles.

Upgrading the 14 miles of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath means it will become the longest continuous cycleway in the north of England.

In Bradford, cycle lanes will be introduced on Leeds Old Road to its junction with Killinghall Road, and in sections to the junction with Shipley Airedale Road. Existing cycle lanes will be upgraded along Church Bank to the Westfield site and the city centre.

Now, firms in Bradford Road, Pudsey, fear the route will put off customers stopping at their shops and see a slump in trade.

The new cycle route will take over part of the current carriageway and also some of the existing footway outside the shops. But a proposed bus lane for the road has been scrapped.

Sunny Midhu, property owner of Arora Hair Scalp and Beauty Clinic on Bradford Road, said: “The design they have proposed is flawed. People won’t park if it’s unsafe and confusing.

“I think the scheme is great, but authorities should work with local businesses and residents, not try to pass things due to statute.”

John Morton, joint owner of Just Home furniture store, also on Bradford Road, said: “It’s going to effect us. No-one is going to be able to park up. I’m worried about people just going past.”

But, CityConnect deny the cycle route on Bradford Road will have an adverse effect on the firm’s trade.

Ginny Leonard, communications and engagement project manager on City Connect, said: “We anticipate more cyclists and pedestrians who use this route will bring more trade to the businesses.

“We are not putting parking restrictions on the carriageway. It will be a segregated cycle lane. I don’t forsee any effect on these businesses.”

"We don’t believe these concerns will come to fruition. People will still be able to park there. We have held several public meetings.”

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8:34am Mon 2 Jun 14

collos25 says...

You have to go to Nederland or Germany to see proper cycle ways ,29 million spent on a second rate non maintained project is money down the drain.
You have to go to Nederland or Germany to see proper cycle ways ,29 million spent on a second rate non maintained project is money down the drain. collos25
  • Score: 4

8:38am Mon 2 Jun 14

Biker71 says...

Won't make any difference to them, like Manningham Lane outside the new Pakeeza fast food place people will park in the cycle lane, on the pavement, wherever they want and all with immunity.
Won't make any difference to them, like Manningham Lane outside the new Pakeeza fast food place people will park in the cycle lane, on the pavement, wherever they want and all with immunity. Biker71
  • Score: 11

10:15am Mon 2 Jun 14

Old Dave says...

I think that a person who says that a cycle lane will benefit a business selling furniture and white goods/ appliances isn't looking at day-to-day issues. Maybe she should try and get a washing machine home on her bike!
I think that a person who says that a cycle lane will benefit a business selling furniture and white goods/ appliances isn't looking at day-to-day issues. Maybe she should try and get a washing machine home on her bike! Old Dave
  • Score: 9

10:26am Mon 2 Jun 14

Here today says...

Biker71 is 100% correct, a cycle lane anywhere in that area with provide the inhabitants with an excuse to provoke attacks on anyone trying to use the cycle lane, >diplomatic< immunity is the new phrase for "blind eye" policing.
Biker71 is 100% correct, a cycle lane anywhere in that area with provide the inhabitants with an excuse to provoke attacks on anyone trying to use the cycle lane, >diplomatic< immunity is the new phrase for "blind eye" policing. Here today
  • Score: 8

12:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

imi-r6 says...

I thought we measured distances in miles. How many miles is 23km?
I thought we measured distances in miles. How many miles is 23km? imi-r6
  • Score: 7

1:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

monobrow man says...

The cycle lanes should only be used for people getting to work and back a bit like the bus lanes are.
The cycle lanes should only be used for people getting to work and back a bit like the bus lanes are. monobrow man
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Mon 2 Jun 14

London bcfc says...

imi-r6 wrote:
I thought we measured distances in miles. How many miles is 23km?
14.2915374 miles

To be precise
[quote][p][bold]imi-r6[/bold] wrote: I thought we measured distances in miles. How many miles is 23km?[/p][/quote]14.2915374 miles To be precise London bcfc
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Mon 2 Jun 14

alive and awake says...

Don't worry about it, Just another crack pot idea, by an inept Council.
Don't worry about it, Just another crack pot idea, by an inept Council. alive and awake
  • Score: 4

8:57pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Raj2121 says...

Waste of taxpayers money, the money can be better spent,
Waste of taxpayers money, the money can be better spent, Raj2121
  • Score: 0

11:01am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bikerbeardy says...

Not a waste of money at all, encouraging cycle riding is money well spent, very little exercise is done by most people, the health of the nation is terrible, takeaways, curry's, pizzas, eaten by lazy overweight people, i wont touch any food from one of those takeaway bacteria ridden hovels.

But i ride my pushbike weekly, eat healthy and havent been to the doctors for 32 years, except for overseas immunisation.
This is a brilliant idea, cant wait in fact for it to be completed, as for the parking outside a Indian hair & Scalp shop and a second hand furniture shop being affected I very much doubt it, really!
Not a waste of money at all, encouraging cycle riding is money well spent, very little exercise is done by most people, the health of the nation is terrible, takeaways, curry's, pizzas, eaten by lazy overweight people, i wont touch any food from one of those takeaway bacteria ridden hovels. But i ride my pushbike weekly, eat healthy and havent been to the doctors for 32 years, except for overseas immunisation. This is a brilliant idea, cant wait in fact for it to be completed, as for the parking outside a Indian hair & Scalp shop and a second hand furniture shop being affected I very much doubt it, really! Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 0

12:11am Sat 7 Jun 14

justjustice says...

collos25 wrote:
You have to go to Nederland or Germany to see proper cycle ways ,29 million spent on a second rate non maintained project is money down the drain.
Typical British attitude to projects, do it as quickly as possible for as little as possible, but then charge a premium rate as if they had to construct it from scratch.

Al it'll be is just a white line on the side of the road like all the other "cycle" roads in the country. All this does if make roads narrower causing more problems.
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: You have to go to Nederland or Germany to see proper cycle ways ,29 million spent on a second rate non maintained project is money down the drain.[/p][/quote]Typical British attitude to projects, do it as quickly as possible for as little as possible, but then charge a premium rate as if they had to construct it from scratch. Al it'll be is just a white line on the side of the road like all the other "cycle" roads in the country. All this does if make roads narrower causing more problems. justjustice
  • Score: 0

12:22am Sat 7 Jun 14

justjustice says...

Why is it always the consumer who must pile through pages upon pages of nonsense to make sure they meet the ridiculous standards of a policy.

The banks were bailed out and given money to help the economy, instead they horded the money, made loans and mortgages harder to get and made things worse, again.

Everything is made to confuse and complicate things for the consumer, if you ask me it should the companies which should be making things easier and it is they who should be responsible to DOUBLECHECK information they are given before just giving away and important product which can have dire consequences if done wrong!
Why is it always the consumer who must pile through pages upon pages of nonsense to make sure they meet the ridiculous standards of a policy. The banks were bailed out and given money to help the economy, instead they horded the money, made loans and mortgages harder to get and made things worse, again. Everything is made to confuse and complicate things for the consumer, if you ask me it should the companies which should be making things easier and it is they who should be responsible to DOUBLECHECK information they are given before just giving away and important product which can have dire consequences if done wrong! justjustice
  • Score: 0

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