Greens deliver better walking and cycling in York

Narrow foot and cycle path next to the busy A1237 which will be improved under this scheme

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport, said: “Following the Government’s call to local authorities in May to look at ways to quickly and effectively re-allocate road space to pedestrians and cyclists, we are working on implementing package of short term trial schemes which can be implemented quickly and have put us in a good position to secure more funding in Phase 2 now.

“With more businesses and sectors now open, we will be moving swiftly to implement these measures that support a choice for those who can, to walk or cycle to the city centre more safely rather than driving.

“The benefits of cycling and walking have never been more apparent than during lockdown including cleaner air and the health aspects of more exercise. While public transport currently offers more limited capacity than normal, good quality Active Travel options are more important than ever. These measures do however also give us the opportunity to build a longer term culture of cycling and walking for journeys in and around York.”

The schemes include:

  • Improvements to A1237 outer ring road bridge – permanent provision of a cycle lane and improved footways over a 1km viaduct where provision is currently poor – linking suburbs on the northern and southern sides of the River Ouse and East Coast Main Line, including Manor School on the southern side and Clifton Moor Retail Park on the northern.
  • Further improvements on the A19 Shipton Road, a 3.2km radial route with cycle lanes currently being designed for delivery in phase 1. The additional funding will allow some of the existing pedestrian refuges on the road (which constrain the width of the proposed cycle lanes)) to be replaced with signalised crossings and improvements to the main junctions on the road.
  • Measures in the city centre to improve access into and around the city centre to serve the footstreets area and ensure that the heart of the city is as accessible as possible for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled residents. This scheme would include a range of measures such as improved signage, improvements to disabled crossing facilities, and a new crossing near Castle Mills Bridge catering for cyclists and pedestrians using the existing riverbank path, but wishing to travel across the Inner Ring Road into the south east of the city centre, an area being regenerated.
  • Measures focused on providing cycling and walking links between Wheldrake and Heslington. This scheme provides an off-road cycle route to Wheldrake, which will benefit commuters between the village and York city centre, including schoolchildren travelling to school in Fulford.
  • Acomb Road/ York Road Acomb cycle scheme – a scheme to improve conditions for cyclists on Acomb Road to the west of York, including many children travelling to local schools, but where there is currently very little provision.
  • School Zone Pilot – After a successful trial of a ‘people street’ concept at Carr Junior School in association with Sustrans last year, further changes would be planned to Ostman Road in Acomb for a pilot scheme, with potential future wider rollout across the city.

Tom Franklin, Chair of York Green Party said “It is wonderful to see this step being made to improving walking and cycling in York, and we will continue to push for better provision, which is good for communities, good for the environment and good for local businesses”

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