A public consultation has launched today (Monday, 19 June) on a major new active travel route in the city.
Liverpool City Council is asking the public for their feedback on the proposed active travel route, which would run for approximately 8km from Childwall through Wavertree and into the city centre.
This new route, which would provide access for more than 100,000 people, would eventually connect to the new Lime Street corridor and then through to the city’s waterfront.
The proposed new facility is one of six permanent routes the Council is delivering as part of it Active Travel programme, and it will also feature new and improved footways, pedestrian crossing facilities and landscaping.
The city centre to Childwall route also sets out to fill gaps in the existing network to enhance the city’s cycling offer.
The six-week long consultation runs until 5pm, Monday, 31 July with information and a feedback form available online at: www.liverpool.gov.uk/activetravelconsultation
As part of the consultation, the Council will be hosting three events for the public to view the proposals and ask questions at:
- Frontline Church, Wellington Road – Wednesday 28 June, 4pm – 8pm
- Liverpool Hope University, EDEN Building, Taggart Avenue – Monday 3 July, 4pm – 8pm
- Central Library Atrium, William Brown Street – Saturday 8 July, 10am – 2pm
Following the consultation, the Council then submit a business case for funding the route. If successful, a tender to construct the active travel route would be advertised by this winter.
July is also set to be a massive month for Liverpool’s Active Travel programme.
- A year-long scheme to improve 30 access points along the Liverpool Loop Line, which runs 16km through the city from Halewood to Aintree, is set to complete.
- A new cycle training facility at Everton Park, funded as part of the British Cycling “places to ride” programme, is to be officially opened next month. This facility is the first of its kind in the city, providing an artificial road network for children to understand how to navigate different types of junctions.
- And a report to the Council’s Cabinet in July will also seek to accept almost £11m to fund three of the active travel routes that were created during the pandemic – West Derby Road, Vauxhall Road and Sefton Park.
Simon O’Brien, Walking and Cycling Commissioner for the Liverpool City Region, said:
“Cycling is great for air quality and the environment, and brilliant for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. But we shouldn’t just think of getting on our bikes as exercise – it’s also a cheap and easy way to commute to work, travel to school or college and even pop to the local shops.
“But to encourage more people to leave the car at home for short journeys we need to make cycling a really attractive option by building safe, separated routes where people can ride their bikes with confidence. That’s why routes like the three new ones being planned around Liverpool are so important.
“We know that across our city region support for new, safer cycle lanes is really high – about 70% of people back this infrastructure being built – but it’s vital to get feedback from residents, road users and cyclists about specific routes, and that’s why we’re asking people to take part in this consultation and let us know what they think.”