Work has begun on installing Liverpool’s second pop-up cycle lane, connecting a historic park to the city’s main hospital.
The temporary four and half mile route – one of seven across the city which will create a 65 mile long network – will run from Sefton Park Road in south Liverpool via Kingsley Road, Crown Street and Hall Lane before ending at the University hospital
A key aim of Liverpool’s new pop-up routes is to connect people to the city’s permanent cycle network
Liverpool’s pop-up seven are:
• Route 1 – West Derby Road – Kensington – City South • Route 2 – Sefton Park to City Centre – Sefton Park perimeter – Sefton Park Road • Route 3 – Liverpool Loop North: Bootle New Strand – Bank Hall – Vauxhall – City Centre • Route 4 – East Lancs – Townsend – Breck Road – City Centre • Route 5 – East Prescot Road – University Hospital – London Road – City Centre • Route 6 – (University Route): Gateacre – Woolton Road – Wavertree – Lawrence Road – Crown Street – Myrtle Street – City Centre • Route 7 – Liverpool Loop South: Hale – Speke Boulevard – Garston Village – Aigburth Road – City Centre
Funding for the pop-up cycle lanes is to be sourced from the council’s highways investment programme and via the Active Travel Grant established by the Department of Transport.
A further £100,000 has been identified to invest in upgrading infrastructure for Liverpool’s existing CityBike hire scheme.
In addition, the council is currently overseeing a £45m upgrade to city centre connectivity and is introducing 11km of new permanent cycle lanes. It is also about to look at expanding its 20mph zones to further improve safety and air pollution.
Councillor Sharon Connor, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The council is determined to make a real difference to how people travel around Liverpool.
“Even with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown there will be severe limitations on how public transport is used so there has never been a better time to encourage people to get on their bike.
“These pop-up lanes are a temporary solution but as a council we will continue to invest in the permanent cycling network and promote the benefits of being on a bike because it simply is an enjoyable and affordable way to travel – and a great way to improve your body, your mind and the environment.”