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Councillors visit cycle superhighway

Councillors and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) officers made a fact-finding visit to West Yorkshire to see the latest designs in planning for cycling.

West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) transport delivery committee lead for safe and sustainable travel, Cllr Judith Rowley, was joined by Cllrs Hilary Bills and Daniel Warren on a visit to the CityConnect Cycle Superhighway.

They were keen to see the newly-built Leeds-Bradford cycle route first hand and talk to colleagues there, to help future planning for cycling in the West Midlands.

The CityConnect CS1 route is the first segregated cycle route linking two cities in the UK - and is the most ambitious of the projects delivered through the Department for Transport’s Cycle Cities Ambition Grant.

Cllr Rowley said: “Promoting cycling and walking as a positive travel choice is central to our top level priorities of reducing both road congestion and carbon footprint in our region.

“We know there are barriers - particularly around road safety - and it has been a real inspiration to see how West Yorkshire has approached this challenge.

“Pooling our knowledge and experience like this will help us all make progress more quickly towards a sustainable network.”

TfWM’s head of sustainability Alison Pickett said: “Cycling is key to the development of a high quality sustainable mobility system to meet the travel needs of local businesses and communities.

“This is something we are working very hard to promote in the West Midlands and it’s very helpful for us to see the excellent work that has been done in West Yorkshire, showing how it can connect people to opportunities across the region.”

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport on Bradford City Council, said: "It's fantastic that the cycling improvements in Bradford and Leeds have attracted so much attention from other cities.

“It really helps to put Bradford on the map as a cycling city, especially with the upcoming Cycle Cities conference and the start of the Tour de Yorkshire in City Park."

For more information contact Sue Parker, Media Officer, on 0121 214 7802, mobile 07917 456866 .

Picture caption: Councillors and TfWM officers joined colleagues from West Yorkshire to walk or cycle the cycle superhighway.

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