Joe At Complete Roadwoks In Sefton Park
The Sefton Park perimeter is one of two cycling routes confirmed by Mayor Joe Anderson

Liverpool to invest £2m in cycling infrastructure

Dan Whelan

The council will build a network of temporary cycle lanes to help kickstart the city’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, following a review of traffic movements in the city that will also see the Merseyrail local rail network increase services from Monday.

The increase in services is to cater for those heading back to work following the partial relaxing of some lockdown restrictions by the Government this week.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has unveiled a £2m package to introduce up to 100km of ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes along key routes into and within Liverpool city centre. 

Anderson said the time has come to be “as radical as possible” to ensure improvements in the city’s air quality witnessed during lockdown continue for years to come.  

The planned transport infrastructure, which includes street furniture and the widening of pavements, are also intended to help maintain social distancing and ease the way for pavement cafes to operate once the restrictions are lifted. 

The move follows a review by the council on how best to support people going back to their place of work. 

Two key corridors, the Sefton Park perimeter and West Derby Road, have already been identified for temporary cycle lanes, while a further five routes are under review and set to be added to the programme by this weekend.  

The mayor has invited councillors, businesses and the public to come forward with additional ideas on how to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians around the city centre. 

Anderson said: The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our way of life beyond imagination but the challenges it has presented have also provided us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine how we use and travel within our cities.”

The £2m programme is “just one step on the long road to recovery”, he added. “Hopefully, these measures will provide businesses and their workforces strong alternatives if they don’t want to use public transport and don’t have access to a car.” 

Cllr Sharon Connor, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “Walking and cycling has seen a huge upsurge since the lockdown began as for many it has been the only way to exercise.  

“This shift has seen a huge boost to people’s and communities’ wellbeing and it’s vital we don’t lose that.” 

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A cycle lane in the cities biggest park and open space? There are more important and dangerous routes that require safe cycle lanes.

By Cycle

Lolz. I never expected the overhead railway that Liverpool needs.

By Fairy Contrary

We want offices to cycle to. Our determination not to break the status quo has been a cycle and I’m in the opposite lane. We need trains and infrastructure.We need to rid ourselves of the inferiority complex that we have had for years. We are not a dormitory town, we are a world city and need to think that way, Thanks Joe but we need to think bigger than peddle bikes.

By Michael McDonut

Is that Winston Churchill outside Sefton Park?

By Anonymous

Before putting cyle lanes where they’re not needed, might it not be a good idea to finish the work on the dock road?
This should be complete by now, but is still a complete mess.
Could PNW check whether LCC has used this lockdown time effectively to get the programme back on track?

By On your bike

Would be interested in a follow up on this. It’s now end of August with no progress.

By Brero