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Have Your Say on a hat trick of new cycle lanes

A major public consultation was launched on Monday, 1 August 2022, to get views on improvements to 3 cycle routes in Liverpool. Liverpool City Council is asking the public for their feedback on the proposed permanent lanes, which are located on the following routes:-

   East Lancashire Road to the City Centre - from Norris Green to Breck Road and on to Everton Park.

   Gateacre to the City Centre - connecting up the university campuses through to the Knowledge Quarter.

   Sefton Park to the City Centre - connecting the Ropewalks to Baltic Triangle and on to Dingle and Aigburth.

The proposals are key to the City's Active Travel programme and will also feature new and improved footpaths and pedestrian crossing facilities.

The measures being proposed set out to fill gaps in the existing network to overcome significant barriers to cycling.

Equating to some 6 kilometres of continuous cycle routes, these new lanes will also connect to other new routes such as the Princes Avenue cycleway in Toxteth and will complement schemes such as Lime Street in the City Centre.

The 6 week long consultation runs until Friday, 9 September 2022, with information and a feedback form available online at:- Liverpool.Gov.UK.

As part of the consultation, the City Council will be hosting events for the public to view the proposals and ask questions. The location and dates of these events will be published on:- Liverpool.Gov.UK.

This new £3m phase of the City's Active Travel programme also includes improving 30 access points along the Liverpool Loop Line, which runs 16km through the City from Halewood to Aintree.

The City Council has also developed designs for a new cycle training facility, at Everton Park, as part of the British Cycling:- "places to ride" programme. This facility would be the 1st of its kind in the City, providing an artificial road network for children to understand how to navigate different types of junctions.

Funding for this new phase comes from the European Union, the Department for Transport, Liverpool City Region and planning contributions from the City Council's Section 106 fund.

Following the consultation, the proposed measures will be signed off by the Council which will then issue a tender to procure contractors to carry out the schemes.

It is expected the works will be complete by Spring 2023.

Following completion, the City Council will then begin the process of reviewing the 3 pop up cycle routes that were created during the Pandemic:- West Derby Road, Vauxhall Road and Sefton Park.

Councillor Dan Barrington, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said:- "Liverpool's cycling offer is not yet where it should be, but thanks to this investment we are moving in the right direction. These 3 new permanent cycle lanes have the potential to make a big difference to thousands of people who live and work in these areas because they make the crucial connection to other cycle routes. Joining up the routes and closing the gaps and breaks in our cycling network is a critical piece of work and I'm really delighted with the designs to open up the Liverpool Loop Line as that will be truly transformational for getting around the City by bike. With each new update we do more journeys are going to be continuous which makes cycling a more practical option, a whole lot more pleasurable and most importantly, safer. The planned improvements to footpaths will also make it better for pedestrians too. This consultation is just the start of this particular chapter in our journey to being a 1st class cycling City. And it won't be too long before these new permanent lanes are operational, like those on The Strand and as we see today on Lime Street too. Rebalancing the shift away from cars to more active travel is going to be fundamental for any City in its pursuit in tackling climate change. It will have a huge impact on us all, in terms of physical and mental well being and collectively for its benefits to our air quality and overall environment. The work won't stop with these 3 routes. There's more to come. And with better facilities too for our children to learn how to ride, like at Everton Park, we're sowing the seeds for the next generation to be even more cycle-minded and laying the foundation for a real revolution in how Liverpool gets moving."

Simon O'Brien, Walking and Cycling Commissioner for the Liverpool City Region, said:- "Cycling is great for air quality and the environment, and brilliant for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. But we shouldn't just think of getting on our bikes as exercise - it's also a cheap and easy way to commute to work, travel to School or College and even pop to the local shops. But to encourage more people to leave the car at home for short journeys we need to make cycling a really attractive option by building safe, separated routes where people can ride their bikes with confidence. That's why routes like the 3 new ones being planned around Liverpool are so important. We know that across our City Region support for new, safer cycle lanes is really high; about 70% of people back this infrastructure being built, but it's vital to get feedback from residents, road users and cyclists about specific routes, and that's why we're asking people to take part in this consultation let us know what they think."

We would also be interested to know your thoughts on this, so please email them to our Newsroom at:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

Southport ArtHouse's Artist of the Month:- 'Julie Snape'


THE giant mechanical bull that took centre stage, in Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, at the recent opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games was an impressive reminder of the ingenuity that contemporary artists continue to apply to their modes and methods of re-creation.

Although building something from metal usually involves a lot of patience and skills know how, fashioning art from repurposed metal materials requires even more time and accuracy.

The impressive pieces of creative art that Julie 'Jules' Snape has invented are testament to both her imagination and patience when working with what most of us would consider well:- 'past its sell by date.'

Based in Banks, Julie brings an experienced eye to her aesthetically assembled art.

Julie said:- "I have had a love of anything old and rusty for most of my life, probably due to the fact my favourite playground as a child was my dad's friend's scrapyard which contained many treasures. Maybe not treasure to anyone else, but they were to me. This has grown into a love of old vehicles, of which I have a few now and may even go full circle and turn into my very own scrapyard when I reach my twilight years, who knows?"

Self taught, Julie relies on her own intuition to inform her practice of reviving the throw away into something magical.

Julie added:- "I'm not a formally trained artist, but have always enjoyed making and crafting by re-using many different materials. Mainly due to the inner Womble in me, making good use of the things that we find is second nature to me."

Julie's art is testament to the fact that in the hands of an artist, the marine debris that washes ashore can be transformed into attractive eco-friendly:- 'objet d'art' in their own right. With easy access to the Sefton coastline there is no shortage of material or inspiration for Julie's special artistic expression.

Julie concluded:- "Most of my pieces are made from flotsam and jetsam I gather from beach combing trips. Sometimes it is a mixture of these alongside scrap metal I have found. I work outdoors on a small bench and use various old tools to bend, shape and fix together the materials I use."

Certainly not 1 to be missed, this latest showing by Julie Snape will be on display at the ArtHouse, on Eastbank Street, Southport, from:- 30 July 2022 to 27 August 2022. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, from:- 10am to 3pm, and on Saturday, from:- 11am to 4pm.

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