Getting out on two wheels is set to become safer and easier as work begins over the summer on cycling routes across the borough.
Wirral Council is taking steps to enhance the current on-road cycle lanes to make them safer and has plans to install a new cycle lane to support increased ‘active travel’ across the borough.
Work has started on extra safety measures on the existing cycle lane at New Chester Road and later this summer a new cycle lane will be installed on Fender Lane in Moreton. These projects are funded by the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.
The new cycle lane due to be installed at Fender Lane is designed to make it easier for those who want to travel around Wirral on their bike - joining to existing cycle lanes and making cyclists feel more confident sharing the road with other vehicles.
The existing cycle lane on New Chester Road (from St Pauls Road to New Ferry Road) is being fitted with ‘orcas’ – raised rubber markers attached to the road surface separating the cycle lane from the main carriageway, providing protection to cyclists.
So far, 250 orca units made from a recycled truck tyres, have been installed in New Ferry Village. The remaining units will be installed along New Chester Road later in the year once surfacing works are completed.
The council is keen to extend the use of segregation features at other existing cycle lanes to continue help make sustainable travel more accessible.
Cllr Liz Grey, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change at Wirral Council, said: “A key part of making it easier for people to incorporate cycling and walking into their every-day routine is to ensure we have the right infrastructure in place.”
“Sustainable and active travel is a key consideration for our highway schemes so that places of work, town centres and outdoor spaces can be easily and safely accessed by residents on foot or by bike.
“I hope that by introducing measures such as the orcas, more residents will feel safer and more confident to get back on their bike.”
Additions to the existing, and the installation of new, infrastructure will help people to travel safely and within government’s social distancing guidelines to local businesses, shops, their workplace and to access vital healthcare at hospitals and testing sites.
Residents are encouraged to continue providing feedback by completing the Wirral Liveable Streets survey on how other roads, routes, paths and areas could be adapted to help maintain social distancing or to improve them for cycling and/or walking.
Feedback generated in the survey, which will close on 31 August, will help the council develop plans for more projects and future funding bids.
Liverpool City Region (LCR) are also supporting works around the region by introducing traffic calming measures and new secure bike storage. For more information about the work to make is safer and easier to travel by foot or bike across the city region, visit Liverpool City Region online.
Liverpool City Region were awarded almost £2 million from the first tranche of the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund. Wirral Council have been awarded with £308,380 of this funding, the allocation includes an LCR wide allocation of £108,840 for Cycle Hubs and £90,700 for monitoring and evaluation.