A reduction in traffic and national guidance on social distancing measures has led to an increase in cycling and walking in York, so City of York Council now plans to invest £500,000 in long-term improvements.
The council has implemented short-term measures to provide more space for residents to social distance whilst cycling and walking. Measures include:
The new funding will be used on longer-term schemes to make routes safer by:
The £500,000 funding was agreed following a budget amendment last year. This amendment included an allocation of £1m for improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. £500,000 of this funding has been devolved to ward members for specific improvements within their wards for cyclists and pedestrians leaving a further £500,000 for more general schemes.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport, said: “There’s never been a more important time for people to cycle or walk, either for exercise or as option for active travel. We have some excellent cycling and walking provision in York, but we are keen to do more to ensure people feel confident and able to get to their destinations safely during the Coronavirus pandemic, but also longer term.
“These additional measures will all be subject to more detailed design and the usual consultation processes, but will start to address gaps in our network where people feel less safe.”
Schemes to be developed or delivered include:
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