Major new cycle lane upgrade work is set to begin as Hull City Council works to fulfil a vision of getting 10,000 people active by creating a cycling network that connects the city.
The council has awarded a £370,000 contract to Hessle-based CR Reynolds Ltd to upgrade the cycle infrastructure along Alfred Gelder Street, Clarence Street and Holderness Road.
The works follow Hull City Council securing Government funding in excess of £1m to help build a cycle network across Hull’s main routes that will cut demand on public transport and encourage fewer people to use their cars.
The new works will cost £368,523 and will include re-signing and relabelling key routes with green lines, creating mandatory cycle lanes and protection for cycle lanes with bolt-down kerbs.
The scheme will make the route safer, easier to navigate and will fill any gaps in the existing route. Work is expected to start on June 21 this year and end on August 15.
Councillor Dean Kirk, portfolio holder for highways said: “We have big ambitions to create a truly connected city and this latest contract will help us as we work to encourage more people to cycle around Hull.
“While this may cause some short-term inconvenience, the long-term benefits are huge for the people of Hull. By choosing more sustainable forms of transport, we will not only improve the health and wellbeing of our residents, but will ultimately help to reduce the number of cars on our roads.”
The local authority also has the ambition to get 10,000 inactive people active by 2028 as part of the Towards an Active Hull Strategy. Active Travel has been highlighted as a key pillar to make this happen.