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Hull’s ambition to become a cycling city

A task and finish panel has been established in order to improve the quality of cycling provision in the city.

The group will come together to review the current cycling infrastructure, and make recommendations to Cabinet on how to improve facilities and encourage cycling in Hull.

Councillor Aneesa Akbar, chair of the infrastructure and energy overview and scrutiny commission, said: “Sustainable travel is a topic that is being discussed on a national scale, and by addressing the issues within our own city, we can make effective recommendations on how the authority can improve its cycling network.”

Hull City Council is already in the process of developing a Local Cycling and Walking Investment Plan (LCWIP) in line with recommendations from the Department for Transport. The authority is also in the midst of planning a cycling strategy which will consider existing and future potential for cycling, the key strategic routes and areas where further investment is required.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment, said:  “The council has the ambition to make Hull a cycling city, and this is why we are investing £2m in the cycle routes and infrastructure over the next two years.

“We recognise that by creating a public environment which encourages cycling will not only improve the health and wellbeing of our residents, but also help to reduce congestion on our roads.”

The task and finish panel will consider a number of objectives including cycle lanes, safety measures and what can be done to improve the flow of cycle travel. Read the full terms here.

All plans will be brought back to the scrutiny commission before being issued for public consultation.

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