Consultation gets under way for the second part of Coventry's Binley Road cycleway - The Coventry Observer

Consultation gets under way for the second part of Coventry's Binley Road cycleway

Coventry Editorial 10th Mar, 2021   0

THE CONSULTATION is now under way for the second part of a proposed cycleway running along Binley Road and Clifford Bridge Road to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in Walsgrave.

The segregated Binley Cycleway would provide a 3.75mile (6km) route to the east of the city.

During the first phase consultation, proposals for a stretch of Binley Road, between Far Gosford Street and Brinklow Road were outlined.

Hundreds of people responded to help shape the plans going forward.

Now highways officers are hoping for a similar public response after outlining plans for the final section of the cycleway.

A newsletter has been sent to residents who live near the route asking for their feedback on the plans.

These show the positioning of the cycleway along Clifford Bridge Road, and at junctions on the route.

A segregated cycleway is a dedicated space between the road and pavement and is physically separated from traffic and pedestrians by kerbs – ideal for both regular cyclists and those who may be less confident when cycling.

People on bikes will have priority over other traffic wishing to enter or leave side roads and there will be dedicated traffic lights to travel through junctions.

Coun Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “We believe these cycleways and the many other projects we are proposing will give residents more travel choices and the chance to play their part in the improving of the air quality of the city.

“This route is designed for people that want to be able to cycle, but currently won’t because they fear for their safety.”

A number of cycleway schemes and a range of other programmes are being implemented across the city as part of efforts to encourage people to use active travel modes more and to improve air quality in Coventry.

Work on a cycleway between Coundon and the city centre is underway.

Other schemes to decarbonise the city’s transport network are also progressing well – from installing hundreds of electric charging points across the city to Coventry becoming one of the first cities where every bus will be all electric.

Coun Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, added: “We are investing in schemes to address air pollution in the short and long-term including new cycleways, electric buses, electric vans and taxis and highways projects.

“We want to offer people sustainable and active travel options and the cycleways have been designed to make cyclists feel safe and confident on taking to two wheels for shorter journeys and commutes.”

Following the consultation period, feedback will be considered and incorporated into the scheme.

If approved, work could start on phase one of the route (Binley Road) in the summer with this part following next year.

People can visit for more on the Binley Cycleway and to have their say.

The deadline for comments is April 4.

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