23rd Oct, 2020

Coventry residents urged to have their say on Binley Road cycleway proposals

PEOPLE have less than a fortnight left to have their say on the Binley Road cycleway proposal.

The council is currently consulting on the first phase of the proposed Binley Cycleway, which will eventually go all the way to University Hospital in Walsgrave.

The first phase of the 6km (3.75 mile) Binley Cycleway covers a 3.4km (2.1 mile) section to Binley Business Park and this is currently under consultation.

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

Users of the cycleways will have priority over vehicular traffic that wishes to cross from side roads and there will be dedicated traffic lights to travel through junctions.

Cycleways create a safe, segregated space for cycling within the street. They are protected from traffic with the use of kerbs between them and the road and pavement – which is ideal for people who may be less confident when cycling as well as those who cycle regularly.

Work is about to commence on the Coundon Cycleway, following consultation earlier in the year.

Coventry City Council is trying to improve air quality through a variety of schemes.

They include new fully segregated cycleways connecting the city centre with Binley and Coundon, the introduction of ten new fully electric buses onto the cities’ bus network and the installation of around 200 electric vehicle charging points across the city.

The number of points will provide Coventry with the second biggest network outside London with plans for a further 100 by March next year.

There will also be a provision of electric vehicles for local businesses to try through the Electric Fleet First project which launches this year, and the implementation of a range of schemes aimed at managing traffic to improve air quality within the city.

Coun Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “More and more people are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint and 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.”

Coun Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, added: “We are undertaking many schemes to improve the air quality across the city.

“These cycleways have been designed to make cyclists feel safe and confident on taking to two wheels for shorter journeys and commutes.

“We have lots happening to address air quality in the short and long term, and this is all without needing to impose a charging Clean Air Zone in the city.”

To find out more about Coventry’s air quality plans www.coventry.gov.uk/airquality

For further information about Binley Cycleway and provide feedback, visit https://letstalk.coventry.gov.uk/binleycycleway

The consultation ends on October 31.

 

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