Hull’s most popular cycling routes to receive makeover

Plans to overhaul Hull’s cycling and walking offer have been revealed.

These include ambitious plans to transform Hull’s streets and encourage more people to choose cycling and walking as an alternative mode of transport for at least part of their journey.

The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure plan (LCWIP) was developed by monitoring existing travel patterns in Hull and sets out Hull City Council’s priorities for the next 10 years.

As a result, 21 core network routes for cyclists have been identified for an upgrade, including the route between Kingswood and the city centre. In order of priority, these include:

  1. Beverley Road
  2. Cottingham Road/Clough Road
  3. The Avenues
  4. Anlaby Road
  5. Thornton
  6. Hessle Road
  7. Brunswick
  8. Freetown Way
  9. Stoneferry
  10. Sutton Fields
  11. Holwell Road
  12. Foredyke Route
  13. Leads/Ings
  14. Chamberlain Road
  15. Hornsea Route
  16. Mount Pleasant
  17. Holderness Road
  18. Marfleet
  19. Preston Road
  20. Exeter Grove
  21. Hedon Road

Work to improve existing cycle routes began last year as part of the multi-million pound Stoneferry Corridor upgrade.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, said: “We have a huge commitment to making Hull a cycling-friendly city and this is why we are investing in cycling infrastructure across Hull.

“By developing the LCWIP, we are aiming to reduce congestion, increase options for sustainable travel and improve safety and clarity in terms of clearer signage on the cycle networks.

“It also helps to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport, a vital part in our response to declaring a climate emergency in March 2019.”

The plan identifies possible extensions to existing cycle routes, developing new routes and building on the city transport network as identified in the council’s Local Plan.

A number of upgrade works including traffic calming measures, on-street routes and segregated routes will be considered depending on traffic flow and available space.

Councillor Hale said: “We will be aiming to separate vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians where it is possible to do so. However, Hull’s boundaries are tight, so this will not always be achievable due to the compact nature of the city landscape.”

The LCWIP has been developed in line with guidance from the Department for Transport (DFT).

These proposals will be discussed by councillors on Wednesday 12 February at the Infrastructure and Energy Overview and Scrutiny Commission, before Cabinet on Monday 24 February.

The full report can be accessed here.

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