Cycling around Calderdale could soon be a lot easier, as members discuss the introduction of a Calderdale Cycling Strategy.
Cycling is a popular activity in Calderdale, with participation rates for the sport 14% higher than the Yorkshire or national average. However, using cycling as a method of commuting or as a mode of travel for everyday activities is less popular.
The new cycling strategy looks to encourage cycling as a way of travelling around the borough – improving existing cycle routes, as well as integrating off and on-road networks and creating more cycle-friendly, walkable district centres.
If approved, the strategy would also create a platform to develop existing and new routes to improve cycling connectivity through the Calder Valley.
The proposed Calderdale Cycle Network comprises of ‘hubs’ in the main towns of the borough, and ‘spokes’ linking these areas to key attractions and existing cycleways.
Links would also be created to other towns and cities near Calderdale, improving opportunities to use cycling as a viable means of commuting.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Barry Collins, said:
“We know that Calderdale’s beautiful countryside lends itself to cycling for sport or leisure, but some of the challenging terrain and lack of infrastructure means that fewer people cycle as a means of transport.
“This new Calderdale Cycling Strategy would look to address this imbalance, gradually improving our cycling routes and how they link up.
“Endorsing the strategy would not only be an essential part of our Active Calderdale mission, helping us become more active however we choose, it would also help us achieve better outcomes for air quality, reduced congestion and improved road safety.”
The Strategy will be discussed at the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 3 April at Halifax Town Hall from 6pm.
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