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Cycling welcome in Hull city centre

Hull City Council welcomes cycling in the city centre and is committed to continuing to improve cycling infrastructure in the city.

As part of the city centre’s Public Realm improvements in 2017 several areas, including parts of Prospect Street, King Edward Street, Jameson Street, Whitefriargate, Princes Dock Street, Humber Street and Humber Dock Street, were turned into pedestrian and cycle zones.

The proposal to allow considerate cycling in these areas was developed through consultation with representatives of various user groups including, bus operators, hackney carriages and taxis, walking and cycling groups, accessibility groups i.e. Guide Dogs and Hull Access Improvement Group (HAIG), local businesses and Humberside Police.

The intention was to support the City Plan and the Tourism Strategy to ensure the city was pedestrian and cycle friendly, as can be seen in most European cities where it is normally a safe area for cyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians to co-exist.

Earlier this year Hull City Council committed to investing £30m into the city’s transport network. Part of the plans include improving the city’s cycling infrastructure.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment, said: “The Public Realm improvements are key to our long-term plans for the city centre, as well as our tourism strategy.

“Like many European cities, we want cyclists and pedestrians to be able to co-exist, enjoy and access these areas together. Obviously we expect all cyclists, residents and visitors to use the city centre spaces respectfully and with consideration for other users.”

Hull City Council declared a climate emergency in March this year and has set a target for the city to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

The council has developed a plan with partners and residents to meet its 2030 target, part of the plan includes creating an extensive cycle network which includes developing the city’s existing cycle network.

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