Decision on future of Hull’s new-look cycle lanes set for…

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Decision on future of Hull’s new-look cycle lanes set for December
2021-10-20 18:05:00
A decision on whether to retain or remove some of Hull's new cycle lanes will be made in December, Hull Live can reveal. New lanes, including some segregated routes, have been rolled out across the city since summer last year as part of a £6m programme of so-called Active Travel schemes. Along with extended enforcement hours for bus lanes, they have been aimed at encouraging more people to switch to cycling and public transport. For the latest Hull City Council news, click here. However, some of the new-look routes have divided opinion with some applauding the move towards cycling while others have claimed that squeezing road space has just led to more congestion. Some of the routes were installed as pilot schemes under temporary traffic regulation orders and they are currently being reviewed by Hull City Council officers. They are sifting through responses from different transport user groups and a panel of nearly 3,000 Hull residents who are regularly asked to give feedback on council issues. Portfolio holder for transport Cllr Dean Kirk (Image: Hull live/Rich Addison) Councillor Dean Kirk, the council's portfolio holder for transport, said a decision on whether to keep, shelve or amend schemes installed under the pilot project would be taken at December's cabinet meeting. He said responses from the panel were still being examined ahead of a full report being drawn up on potential options and recommendations. Speaking at a council scrutiny meeting, he declined to give an opinion on some of the responses he had read. However, he added: “I can see there is a theme emerging that people are concerned about. The results from the panel will be shared as soon as possible but I think it's only fair to wait until that piece of work is finished before we know the full picture.” Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Cllr Kirk said he remained personally committed to promoting Active Travel options as one of his portfolio priorities. He said: “I want to make it much easier and safer for people to use the roads and pavements, whether they are cyclists using the bus and cycle lanes or pedestrians using the footpaths.” He said public attitudes to cycling were changing and pointed to the fact that 87,000 cycle journeys had been counted along the new segregated cycle lanes on Freetown Way in the city centre in a 12-month period up to June this year. Your Hull Live email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Hull and East Yorkshire direct to your inbox with the free Hull Live newsletters. You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here He added: “I am trying to do my bit. I walked to this meeting today and I will be using the car later on but tomorrow I know I will be able to use my bike for what I need to do. “It's all about encouraging people to adopt that kind of approach to how they get about.” The end of the combined bus and cycle lane on Beverley Road ahead the junction with Clough Road (Image: Angus Young) Councillor Gary Wareing said the lack of physical space in some part of the city was a restraint on what type of cycling infrastructure was possible. He said: “You cannot have a discussion about the roads without taking into consideration the huge increase in vehicle traffic we have all seen over the last decade. “If we are talking about full separation of cyclists and motorists on parts of Beverley Road, it would only happen by losing all the trees so we have to ask whet

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