New plans for cycle routes through pedestrianised areas

Cyclists could soon be pedalling through a town centre’s pedestrianised areas without fear of prosecution.

Although there are outer roads cyclists can use to travel around town centres, the high levels of traffic and collisions have encouraged Council chiefs in Yorkshire to carry out a consultation with the public and businesses, planning to provide a continuous route for bikes through the town centre.

Cyclists could soon be pedalling through a town centre’s pedestrianised areas without fear of prosecution.

Although there are outer roads cyclists can use to travel around town centres, the high levels of traffic and collisions have encouraged Council chiefs in Yorkshire to carry out a consultation with the public and businesses, planning to provide a continuous route for bikes through the town centre.Cabinet member for regeneration and development claims there has been substantial investment in improving cycle routes in the area, however, the pedestrianised areas prevented cyclists from legally riding through.

He added: “Allowing cyclists to legally enter into the pedestrianised zone would make it a lot easier for the increasing number of cyclists on the borough’s roads and it would continue our long-term investment in promoting cycling as a positive, healthy and cheaper mode of travel”.

Allowing cyclists to utilise pedestrianised areas has already been adopted by a number of towns and cities throughout England such as Sheffield, Newcastle and Nottingham. Studies have also revealed that accidents between pedestrians and cyclists are very rare, therefore these new plans and safety procedures could contribute in lowering the scarily high levels of cycling accidents in the UK.

 

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