Work starts on Leeds-Bradford cycle superhighway

14-mile route forms part of £29.2 million City Connect scheme

Work has started this week at Armley on the first section of a new cycle superhighway that will link Leeds and Bradford as part of almost £30 million of improvements for cyclists in West Yorkshire.

The 14 mile route is partly financed through an £18.1 million grant from the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition fund awarded in August 2013.

Following the completion of a public consultation exercise, the route is being completed in phases and is expected to be fully open by September, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The largely segregated route will run from the east of Leeds through the city centre and on towards Bradford.

Both cities also set to be furnished with more cycle parking, while 20 mile an hour zones will also be introduced along the route where necessary.

It is being developed under the City Connect initiative from West Yorkshire Combined Authority Leeds City Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

The project, which aims to get more people cycling for everyday journeys such as commuting, also includes an upgrade of canal towpaths between Kirkstall and Shipley and Kirkstall.

Last June, shortly before the city hosted the start of the Tour de France, Leeds City Council approved a report called Cycling Starts Here which outlined plans to grow levels of participation in cycling in Leeds and the wider region.

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