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Public consultation launched for York's new cycling strategy

Comments invited on council's vision of the future of cycling in North Yorkshire City...

City of York Council has launched a public consultation is inviting the city’s cyclists and other local residents to provide feedback on a new cycle network for the North Yorkshire city.

The current version of the proposed cycle network for York now dates back more than 15 years, and due to new developments and changes in land use the council decided earlier this year to draw up a new strategic network.

According to the council, the aim was “to design a network to connect the various sections of existing cycle route and to link journey origins such as residential areas to key destinations such as employment sites, schools, shops and leisure facilities.”

Now, the council has launched a public consultation to enable people to express their opinion on the proposals, full details of which, including links to download relevant documents, can be found on the cycling pages of the council’s website.

Comments should be emailed to walking.cycling [at] prior to the closing date of Friday 7 September.

Councillor Dave Merrett , City of York Council’s cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, quoted in The York Press, said: “Residents have said in surveys that their number one priority in terms of cycling in York is for the council to provide continuous, well-designed cycle routes.

“This consultation will allow everybody to look at the future proposed cycle network for the city and see if it’s right or make other suggestions. Once adopted, the council will seek to implement it over the 15-year period of York’s Local Plan and beyond.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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