Ambitious plans that will see a new £21m cycling ‘superhighway’ linking a 23km route from Leeds to Bradford have moved a step closer.
Council chiefs have just signed off a new report that could see construction of the new dedicated cycle route from Cross Gates to Bradford city centre starting in Autumn this year. The whole scheme is expected to be completed for December 2015.
It is hoped that one of the legacies of the Tour de France for Leeds will be the increased take-up of cycling as a commuter option.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for transport and the economy, said: “Hot on the heels of hosting a hugely successful Grand Départ in Leeds, this new segregated cycle route will help ensure a lasting legacy for many years to come.
“With the creation of this route, we hope to see a greater number of people taking up cycling for shorter and leisure journeys, as well as for commuting.
“This scheme is about inspiring more people to cycle who may not usually do so; it is not for a small, specialist group of people alone. It is cycling as a whole and cycling for everyone that we want to encourage and we believe this scheme is doing just that.”
The scheme also includes the creation of 20mph zones alongside the route.
It will be funded from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority City Connect Programme budget of £29.2m, which includes a Department of Transport grant of £18m and £10.89m from the West Yorkshire Transport Plan fund.