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Give your views on cycling and walking funding

Article date - 19 August 2020

There is still time to raise your views on how to support cycling and walking on the back of COVID-19.
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A surge in cycling and walking for exercise and essential travel has been seen in St Helens Borough since late March. A Liverpool City Region study found six in ten people asked expected to walk and cycle more even as lockdown measures are eased.   
  
And with funding available to improve cycling and walking routes to make them safer and support social distancing now is the time to add your suggestions on how to make a difference across the borough.  
 
By taking part in the 'St Helens Liveable Streets' consultation, residents can raise an issue by pinning on a map and leaving suggestions on how active travel and social distancing can be achieved.  
 
Comments will help the council to secure emergency funding to deliver walking and cycling facilities, and support project delivery in the future. 
 
St Helens Borough Council has already been awarded funds from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to improve the existing cycle lanes on Jubits Lane/Chester Lane and Clockface Road in Bold with temporary measures which help separate cycles and cars making it easier to cycle and walk.    
  
Councillor Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “This improvement will make cycling and walking easier and more attractive for residents in St Helens Borough, serving shops, schools and other key locations such as Lea Green Station, Sherdley Park and Sutton Manor.    
  
“Residents have raised concerns about the difficulty of cycling in Bold and the speed of vehicles on these roads and this project looks to reduce these issues. It is temporary scheme so we ask residents to comment and what they like and dislike as the trial nature of the scheme allows for changes to be made on the ground if needed.
 
"We are also looking at further options for a bid to the Active Travel Emergency Fund. Add your comments on walking and cycling in St Helens Borough to help us provide evidence for future bids for funding online here: https://sthelensliveablestreets.commonplace.is/comments.” 
 
The consultation will close at the end of October, 2020.