We've submitted a bid to the government for £850,000 of funding, as part of an overall £1.45m programme, to maintain the growth in walking and cycling seen across the city during lockdown.
The government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) is designed to support walking and cycling as a long-term method for commuting as the country emerges from the pandemic, and to address the current capacity constraints on public transport.
To receive any allocation from the fund we have to demonstrate ‘swift and meaningful plans’ to support cyclists and pedestrians in York.
This application is for the second of 2 phases, with the first seeing the council being awarded £193,000 in June.
See details of the full EATF bid application: Emergency Active Travel Fund - Tranche 2 Survey.
Phase 1 Active Travel measures
The first phase of funding is being used to deliver a number of measures across the city including:
- extensions to existing Park and Pedal facilities at Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride site, alongside a new cycle route from the site along Shipton Road
- improved cycle parking in the city centre
- extensions to the footstreets area
- temporary pavement widening at pinch points near shops
- alterations to signal timings to reduce pedestrian queuing at city centre traffic lights.
- The Groves neighbourhood traffic reduction, 18-month trial
Phase 2 Active Travel measures
The funding for the second phase is conditional on demonstrating how we're able to adapt the city’s infrastructure to support more active travel, and how quickly these additional measures can be delivered.
We've submitted a programme of actions to support walking and cycling at key locations as alternatives to travel by bus or car.
Subject to a successful award of funding, the second phase aims to deliver the following schemes.
Improvements to A1237 outer ring road bridge
Permanent provision of a cycle lane and improved foot ways over a 1km viaduct where provision is currently poor
This will link suburbs on the northern and southern sides of the River Ouse and East Coast Main Line, including Manor School on the southern side and Clifton Moor Retail Park on the northern side.
Further improvements on the A19 Shipton Road
A 3.2km radial route with cycle lanes currently being designed for delivery in phase 1.
The additional funding will allow some of the existing pedestrian refuges on the road which constrain the width of the proposed cycle lanes, to be replaced with signalised crossings, and improvements to the main junctions on the road.
City centre access improvements
Measures to be undertaken in and around the city centre to serve the footstreet area, and ensure that the heart of the city is as accessible as possible for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled residents.
This scheme would include a range of measures such as:
- improved signage
- improvements to disabled crossing facilities
- a new crossing near Castle Mills Bridge
The Castle Mills crossing would cater for cyclists and pedestrians using the existing riverbank path, but wishing to travel across the Inner Ring Road into the south east of the city centre, an area being regenerated.
Wheldrake and Heslington cycling and walking links
This scheme provides an off-road cycle route to Wheldrake, which will benefit commuters between the village and York city centre, including school children travelling to school in Fulford.
Acomb Road cycle scheme
A scheme to improve conditions for cyclists on Acomb Road to the west of York, including many children travelling to local schools, but where there is currently very little provision.
School Zone Pilot
After a successful trial of a 'people street' concept at Carr Junior School in association with Sustrans last year, further changes would be planned to Ostman Road in Acomb as a pilot scheme, for potential future wider roll out across the city.
Additional Council funding will be used to compliment the schemes in this bid, as well as consulting and co-designing schemes with local communities, residents and businesses.
This work will be co-ordinated with our Coronavirus Recovery Strategy, which will be delivered over the next few months.
This includes our Economic Recovery Transport and Place Strategy, which has 5 interdependent strands that will be delivered over the next few months, including:
- creating a people-focussed city centre, including increasing the city centre footstreets and public spaces to create an attractive environment that people can visit with confidence, with space to social distance
- prioritising active travel, including cycling and walking, by investing in and improving park and cycle sites, increased cycle parking and new cycle routes
- encouraging the safe return of residents and visitors by considering incentivised short-stay parking in some of the city’s car parks
- maintaining confidence in and responding to the short-term reduction in capacity on public transport by working with bus and rail operators to ensure people can continue to use public transport with confidence
- supporting secondary shopping areas
These measures will be delivered at pace to best accelerate the recovery of the economy, allowing businesses to open safely, whilst protecting residents’ safety.
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