Active Travel Fund

Active Travel Fund

York’s active travel scene is changing – watch this space to find out how you can get involved in shaping the future of walking, cycling and active travel in York.

As part of the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) the council is enabling more walking and cycling as a long-term method for commuting as we emerge from the pandemic, and to address the current capacity constraints on public transport.

Phase 1 Active Travel measures

The first phase of work took place this summer and included a wide range of temporary measures to quickly provide additional space for social distancing, cycling and support business with expanded foot streets. These included:

  • 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

After successfully delivering phase one of the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund in the summer of 2020, City of York Council have now been provisionally allocated £658,350 as part of phase two of this scheme.

See details of the full EATF bid application: Emergency Active Travel Fund - Tranche 2 Survey.

To secure the current allocation of funding from the Department for Transport, City of York Council must carry out wide reaching engagement on a variety of proposed schemes.

The consultation, which will launch later this year, will provide residents the opportunity to shape future plans and ensure that they are designed to meet the needs of local communities.  By using the consultation to develop high quality cycle routes, we can encourage more people to walk and cycle as part of their everyday travel in the city.

Proposed schemes include:

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.

Coronavirus Recovery

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.

Tell us what you think

In order to secure the second phase of Government funding to support York’s active travel transformation, we need to hear from you. We want to know how you think we should improve these areas of the city and to gather insight to make sure our decisions meet the needs of local residents.

Watch this space to find out more about our upcoming city-wide active travel consultation.

We’re also asking residents and businesses to complete Our Big Conversation survey, which is a year-long programme of on and offline opportunities for residents and businesses to shape the city’s recovery.

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