Saddle up as new cycle routes open

Cycle Blackpool Gavin Baxter
Cycle Blackpool Gavin Baxter
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IT is time to get on your bike as work to create four dedicated cycle lanes in Blackpool has been completed.

The new routes are designed to take riders inland from the Promenade.

Wildlifeway is a 2.3km pedal from St Chad’s Road to Blackpool Zoo, Parkway is a 1.8km ride from Central Pier to Stanley Park, Towerway is a 4km route from the Tower to Blackpool Sixth Form College, and Seashellway is a 2km cycle from Norbreck Castle to the DWP offices on Whiteholme Road.

The routes have been paid for out of a £3.7m pot of cycle town funding.

Assistant director of planning and transportation at Blackpool Council John Donnellon told The Gazette: “We already had the best cycle route on the Promenade which is safe and nice and wide, and what we have sought to develop off that is four key routes taking people inland.

“Not a single cycle route has taken away parking for hotels and a lot of thought has gone into the way we have engineered the routes to make sure other road users still have access.

“We have been able to improve the infrastructure like this all from external funding.”

Cycle training, the launch of a cycle hire scheme and recycling of old bikes has gone on in tandem with the provision of new paths to give residents and visitors maximum opportunity to saddle up.

Council cycling officer Gavin Baxter said: “Bike ownership in Blackpool was significantly lower than in other towns so we felt that was one of the biggest things we had to address to enable more people to have a bike they could use.

“Some of these cycle friendly features we have now haven’t been seen in Blackpool before.”!

Blackpool’s cycle hire scheme boasts more than 400 bikes and is the second biggest scheme in the UK, outside London. For information, call (01253) 476261.