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A walking and cycling revolution in the Liverpool City Region

A people-powered future

In May 2019 the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority declared a Climate Emergency.  We understand the pressing threat of Climate Change and the urgent need to act. Enabling people to get out of their cars and walk and cycle more, particularly for short journeys is an important part of this step change for the City Region.

People riding bikes and walking played a crucial role in our past and will play an important role in our future. Cycling and walking will shape how we get about in our region. It’s good for our health, for air quality and our environment, for the local economy, and for making our streets more liveable. People living in the city region understand this. Our own research shows that 71% of residents support the creation of safe separated cycling and walking routes to encourage more people to ride bikes and walk more often, particularly for shorter journeys.

Why are we developing a local plan for cycling and walking?

In 2017 the UK Government published its first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

The Strategy sets out the ambition to make walking and cycling the natural choices for shorter journeys. Realising this ambition will take sustained investment in cycling and walking infrastructure, and partnership working with local bodies, the third sector and the wider public and private sector to build a local commitment.

The Strategy supports the transformation of local areas: change which will tackle congestion, change which will extend opportunity to improve physical and mental health and change which will support the local economy.

It will enable a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks, over what will at least a 10 year period, and help to increase the number of trips made by bike or on foot.

How will the plan work?

Two-thirds of all journeys taken in the Liverpool City Region are less than 5km, but right now, around 50% of these are still taken by car.

The LCWIP sets out a high level approach for how we can encourage more people to take these journeys on foot or by bike by creating a safe, integrated and well linked network of walking and cycling routes.

A great deal of research has helped inform the development of the plan. The LCWIP outlines 31 key routes needed across the city region to help more cycling and walking.

These routes will be complemented by a network of local cycling and walking routes, including residential streets and routes through green spaces which will help make active travel more attractive.

Phase 1

• Liverpool City Centre – Speke upgraded cycleway (6.8km upgraded cycleway)

• Seaforth – Southport (15km new and upgraded cycleway)

• Prescot – Runcorn (7.4km new and upgraded offroad cycleway)

• Liverpool Loop Line (6km upgraded cycleway)

• St Helens (6.3km new and upgraded cycleway)

• Leasowe – Seacombe Ferry Terminal (3.7km new cycleway)

• Runcorn Links (new and upgraded cycleway)

Phase 2

• New Brighton – Birkenhead

• Runcorn – Daresbury

• East Lancashire Road (Haydock to Liverpool)

Phase 3

• Liverpool City Centre to Childwall

• Knowsley Cycle Route (Kirkby to Speke)

• Birkenhead to Hooton

• Bootle to Liverpool City Centre

• St Helens to Widnes

• Runcorn Busway

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