Making cycling safer

CYCLING across the Express area is being encouraged by Wakefield Council after plans to adopt a strategy to make riding easier and safer were given the go ahead.

The proposals, which were approved by cabinet member on Tuesday, include creating a network of cycle routes, improving the safety of those and existing routes, ensuring adequate facilities are provided to park bikes, and promoting cycling across the district in schools and the workplace.

A four-week public consultation on a draft cycle strategy will start in August and cyclists, councillors, and residents are being asked for their ideas.

Councillor Denise Jeffery, deputy leader with responsibility for regeneration and economic growth, said cycling played a key part in the district’s regeneration plans.

She said: “With new housing developments coming forward, the district is continuing to expand and we need an improved and expanded cycle route network as a key element of our local transport plans.

“We want the cycling public to look at the draft strategy and give us their comments because the final document will be influential in shaping our wider plans for the district and how we spend our money on maintaining routes across the district.”

Coun Jeffery said: “The health benefits of cycling are widely acknowledged, but there are many other benefits like protecting the environment, providing mobility of people who do not drive and improving quality of life.

“That is why it is important we have a comprehensive strategy which is used as a guide for highways development and maintenance, for developers, for the public and for cycling groups and for all council services.”

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