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City Centre Access consultation - open brief

Cycling, e-Bikes, e-Scooters and access to the city centre

Background to cycling, e-Bikes, e-Scooters and access to the city centre

There are a range of views on how cyclists, e-b\bikes and e-Scooters should access our city centre.

Some people would like to be able to cycle and use e-Scooters everywhere in the pedestrianised footstreets. Others would like to create a cycling route through the footstreet area. However, there are concerns that sharing pedestrianised areas with cyclists and e-Scooters makes some people feel unsafe, particularly those with visual or hearing impairments or those with small children.

What you’ve told us about cycles, e-Bikes and e-Scooters accessing York city centre

A section of the My City Centre survey (July 2021) focussed on cycling access to York city centre. 8% of respondents completing the short survey, and 16% of respondents completing the long survey, said that they regularly travelled into the city centre by bike. A workshop was also held to understand current and future access requirements for cyclists.

It was also observed that the increase in pedestrianised areas has put pressure on cycling, giving the perception that it has been ‘pushed’ outside the city centre.

This feedback is consistent with disabled groups, who feel similarly about the changes to Blue Badge areas and the extension of the footstreets. A suggestion was made to open the footstreets to cyclists, or at the very least, those using a bicycle as a mobility aid. However, this idea conflicts with the views of some pedestrians accessing the footstreets.

Insufficient cycling infrastructure in the city, such as secure parking and barriers on some routes, was also referenced, as it currently doesn’t recognise the variety of sizes, weights and wheelbases of modern bikes – especially bikes adapted for use by disabled cyclists. Across all engagement, groups also felt there was a lack of secure cycle parking, expressing the need for more bike stands at regular intervals across the city centre.

There was a shared empathy amongst the cycling group for delivery cyclists navigating the city centre and their daily experiences, which is consistent with feedback from the delivery driver group.

What we’ve done about cycles, e-Bikes and e-Scooters accessing York city centre

We announced a £3.3 million transformation of active travel routes by 2023, with measures included to improve access in the city centre. This includes the north-South cycle route, with investment set out to improve signage along High Petergate, Minster Yard, Deangate, Goodramgate, Aldwark, Hungate, Navigation Road and Walmgate.

As part of this package of investment, there will be future campaigns that focus on improving behaviours on bridges, including awareness of avoiding close passing cyclists.

Key questions we asked about cycling, e-Bikes, e-Scooters and access to the city centre

Should e-Bikes and e-Scooters be allowed to use footstreets during pedestrianised hours, and should we trial allowing people whose cycle is their mobility aid to use it in the footstreets? Should we trial allowing couriers to cycle through the footstreets at all times, or after 5.00pm when food deliveries are at their busiest?

This survey has now closed. Thank you for providing feedback on key questions.

City Centre Access consultation

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