Liverpool City Council
Liverpool City Council’s Citybike cycle hire scheme and Brighton & Hove City Council’s Lewes Road Improvement scheme have both won awards at the inaugural Smarter Travel Awards, held in Birmingham this week.
In winning the Best Shared Mobility provider category, Liverpool beat two other shortlisted projects, Bath’s Nextbike cycle hire scheme and the Linlithgow Plus+ rewards scheme.
Derek Hatton, the Liverpool politician who shot to fame in the 1980s as a member of the Miltant group in the Labour Party, has criticised Liverpool council plans to remove bus lanes because the change could put cyclists at risk.
Mr Hatton is a director of cycle to work scheme provider Bike 2 Work Scheme, but is famous as the deputy leader of Liverpool Council during the Thatcher years.
Liverpool City Council is planning to extend 20mph speed limit zones to cover 70% of the city’s streets. Currently, 20mph zones are in place close to schools and apply to 30% of Liverpool’s roads, but councilors say that increasing coverage could save more than £5 million a year through reducing accidents.