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New cycling network for York could be approved
9:53am Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
A NEW cycling network for York could be approved next week.
A consultation on cycle routes across the city, carried out by City of York Council, saw about 50 responses received.
The layout has now been altered to bring back some of the links to smaller villages, which would otherwise have been taken off the map.
Additional cycle routes suggested by residents have also been looked at and Coun Dave Merrett, the authority’s cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, will next week be asked to rubber-stamp the new network.
It will then go before the council’s Local Plan Working Group and its cabinet, and play a part in shaping the future development of the city in terms of cycling infrastructure.
The current network was adopted 17 years ago, but Coun Merrett said the city had changed greatly since that time.
He said: “Residents have said in surveys that their number-one priority in terms of cycling in York is for the council to provide joined-up, continuous, well-designed cycle routes.
“We’ve listened to everybody’s feedback and it has been fed into this proposed network.”
Coun Merrett said the new network, if approved, would be introduced over the 15-year period which York’s Local Plan will cover and beyond, and some gaps in cycling provision had already been filled through new lanes in Holgate Road and Blossom Street.