Save the New Brighton Cycle Lane!

Save the New Brighton Cycle Lane!

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Michael Davis started this petition to Wirral council

In March 2020 Wirral Council installed one of the country's first temporary cycle lanes as a response to the COVID19 pandemic. The lane on King’s Parade, New Brighton, allowed cyclists and pedestrians more space in a world where social distancing was (and still is) vitally important.


Sadly, Wirral Council has announced on September 30th that the lane will be removed citing concerns around safety and a lack of ability to maintain the lane throughout the winter months.


We think that this is a very short-sighted approach. The lane has been well used and has not caused any congestion issues in New Brighton, nor have any parking issues been reported. It has allowed some to experience cycling for the first time and we want everyone to continue to be given as much space as possible to continue riding in the months ahead.


Whilst a shared space exists alongside the new cycle lane this surface is not ideal for cycling on and will restrict use for those on adapted cycles. Shared spaces often cause conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists. Space should continue to be prioritised for active travel whilst public transport capacity is restricted so much.


We urge Wirral Council to maintain the lane throughout the autumn and winter months and to consider plans for a more permanent solution in the near future. The virus will be with us for a long time and safe walking/cycling routes are vital for people’s physical and mental health throughout the colder months.


The lane showed a tremendous ambition by Wirral Council to act with the urgency needed when the pandemic struck and to remove it now would go against commitments made to address the far greater threat of climate change.


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