Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat group on Liverpool City Council has called on the council to seriously consider advancing plans to create safer routes for cyclists and pedestrians.
Last year it was announced that Liverpool would introduce a new cycling strategy, led by conversation with communities across the city. Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps MP, also announced a £2billion scheme to give local authorities new spend and powers increase cycling infrastructure and improve facilities for pedestrians.
Councillor Kris Brown has called on the council to do all it can to receive the maximum amount of money available from government and rapidly advance its plan to develop safe cycling and pedestrian routes.
- Reinstating all 30 bus lanes which were removed after the last review which also served as a safe space for cyclists.
- Bringing forward the pedestrian controlled access programme, which was stalled for 6 months in 2019 and consider an expansion of this programme.
- Review all pavement and parking areas around public buildings such as schools, colleges, bus stops and train stations with a view to creating safe pedestrian and cycling access routes for all pedestrians – particularly those with mobility problems.
Cllr Brown said: “Speculation now is that when the lockdown gradually begins to unfold there will be more pressure on our roads than ever before because people do not think they will be able to socially distance on public transport. Creating safe cycle and pedestrian routes must now come top of the agenda because of the benefit to our environment and health of our citizens.”