Hull neighbourhoods considered for ‘mini Holland’ cycle-friendly zones

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Hull neighbourhoods considered for ‘mini Holland’ cycle-friendly zones

Hull neighbourhoods considered for ‘mini Holland’ cycle-friendly zones
2021-07-14 11:30:00
City council leaders are looking to bid for funding to develop a series of Dutch-style cycle-friendly zones in Hull. Over the last 12 months they have secured nearly £1.4m from the government to roll-out new-look cycle lanes on most of the city's main roads. Now they are aiming to go one step further by creating so-called 'Mini-Hollands' in parts of the city. Read more: Dope Burger announces location of fourth takeaway venue If successful, some neighbourhoods could see streets being closed to traffic during the day with more segregated cycle lanes being installed similar to those recently constructed in Freetown Way in the city centre and parts of Anlaby Road. It's likely the focus would be in areas outside of the city centre where there is traditionally low car use. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. One of London's Mini-Hollands zones Guildhall officials are currently drawing up a bid to the next round of government funding specifically aimed at encouraging more cycling journeys and walking in these types of communities. Ultimately, 12 places around the country will be chosen to implement projects after the success of Mini-Holland schemes in three outer London boroughs. They were launched in 2014 with a target of persuading people who normally make short car journeys in their local area to switch to cycling or walking instead. In Waltham Forest, over 22km of segregated cycle lanes have been installed alongside 104 improved pedestrain crossings, new secure cycle parking facilities, bike hire schemes and the introduction of 20mph speed limits on most residential roads. A recent study by Westminster University researchers showed people living in neighbourhoods in the three Mini-Hollands zones were now walking and cycling more than Londoners living elsewhere. Dr Grace Rollason, a Waltham Forest GP, said: “Air quality is an issue that makes a significant difference to health. “This research shows that the efforts to improve roads for all road users does have a significant impact on people’s health by not only improving air quality, but also getting people more active.” A two-way cycle lane in one of London's Mini-Hollands zones Hull City Council's head of highways and transport strategy Ruth Stephenson said: “The Department for Transport is keen to roll the Mini-Hollands demonstration projects out further and is seeking expressions of interest from local authorities whom they would then work alongside todevelop a business case with a view to implementing a scheme.” She said a key aim of the council's own cycling strategy was to make people feel safe when using the city's cycling network. “While best practice sets out a hierarchy of approaches from traffic calming roads to on-street routes to segregated routes depending on flows and available space, we will be aiming to separate vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians where it is possible to do so. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “However, it will not always be

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