South Liverpool cycling gets safer

Cycling

A £300,000 cash boost is to improve the safety of cyclists in South Liverpool.

The Mayoral Cabinet has accepted a grant today (Friday 24 May) from the Government’s Cycle Safety Fund, to carry out major improvements to the Princes Park entrance at the Sunburst Gates, at its junction with Kingsley Road, Princes Park Avenue and Road, and Princes Gate East and West.

The investment aims to reduce the risk of accidents in the area, which is heavily used by cyclists for commuting.

The area will benefit from the introduction of speed reduction measures, improved signage and better road markings. The roundabout carriageway will also be resurfaced, removing potholes and improving skid resistance.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Tim Moore, said: “This is great news for cyclists in this city, and yet another success story in our drive to make Liverpool cycle-safe.

“We know that local cyclists have real concerns about safety in Princes Park area. We’ve listened to their views, and I’m really pleased that we’re now able to respond to them.

“This investment is about breaking down barriers to cycling and making sure cyclists are safe on our roads. It complements the other work we are doing, such as free, guided bike rides and the launch of our city centre cycle hire scheme later this year. I’m looking forward to seeing these improvements getting under way.”

Further proposals being made to the area through the funding include:

• New bollards to prevent pavement parking
• Reducing the Princes Park Road approach to two lanes
• Increasing the size of pedestrian refuge islands
• A new zebra crossing.

Dr Katy Gardner, Chair of the Friends of Princes Park, said: “We at the Friends of Princes Park have, for many years, been concerned about the roundabout and crossings by the Sunburst gates, both for the safety of pedestrians and for cyclists. Many local residents have raised this with us at our meetings.

“A large number of our members are keen cyclists, so we are delighted with the proposals made and that our comments have been listened to.”

The improvements will be delivered by the end of the year.