Have your say on Wakefield Council’s cycling strategy

Wakefield Council's cycle strategy has gone out to consultation
Wakefield Council's cycle strategy has gone out to consultation

CITY MP Mary Creagh says cycling needs to be made safer to encourage more people to ride their bikes to work and school.

This week Wakefield Council launched a public consultation on its new cycle strategy, which promises to expand the city’s network of cycle lanes and off-road routes.

And Ms Creagh said it was crucial to improve safety for cyclists.

She said: “To give people the confidence to take up cycling, we need clearer cycle lanes, advance stop junctions and give children safer routes to their schools.

“I hope everyone who cycles in the city will respond to the consultation before it closes.”

Department for Transport statistics show that serious injuries to cyclists have decreased in Wakefield during the past three years.

In 2009 one cyclist was killed on the roads and 44 were seriously injured, but in 2011 there were no deaths and 32 serious injuries.

And the draft strategy, drawn up by the council and Wakefield District Cycle Forum, includes new advanced stop lines, bus and cycle lanes, and speed control measures to help keep cyclists safe.

It aims to get people cycling to work and school.

Bike parking facilities would also be provided at shopping centres, bus and train stations, and major attractions. And new road proposals and planning applications would give full consideration to the needs of cyclists before being approved.

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy leader with responsibility for regeneration and economic growth, said “With new housing developments coming forward, the district is continuing to expand and we need an improved and expanded cycle route network.

“We want the cycling public to look at the draft and give us their comments because the final document will be influential in shaping our wider plans for the district and how we spend our money on maintaining routes across the district.”

You can view the draft strategy online at www.wakefield.gov.uk/cycle

Comments can be made by email to tbrewer@wakefield.gov.uk before 5pm on Monday, September 24.