The installation work of Liverpool’s second pop-up cycle lane has began, which will connect 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
Liverpool City Council’s Highways team has already installed a three mile long branch from West Derby Road – along the eastern corridor into the city centre – and this new route to and from the popular 148 year-old park should be completed by the end of the week.
The city council’s cabinet recently approved a £4m fund to create the segregated pop-up cycle lanes, which will be phased in over the coming weeks and months as a response to the Covid-19 impact on people’s travel plans.
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.
The proposed £4m pop-up cycling fund is part of a wider £15.5m investment in a new phase of Liverpool’s £500m Better Roads programme.
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.
- To promote cycling in the city, the public are being asked to come forward with ideas on how to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.