Works begin on Canal Road Corridor

CityConnect project to complete missing link in Bradford’s cycle network

Cllr Alex Ross Shaw was joined by advocates from across Bradford to welcome the start of the construction of the Canal Road Corridor Cycleway.

Delivered by Bradford Metropolitan District Council, in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the CityConnect scheme will see the delivery of a 2.3km stretch of segregated cycle infrastructure, which will provide a key link in the Bradford cycle network. The scheme will connect to the Bradford to Leeds Cycle Superhighway to the south and to the Canal Road Greenway in the north, providing a safe, segregated cycle route across the district.

The £3.1m scheme will feature a continuous two-way dedicated cycle track with kerbs to separate cyclists from pedestrians and motor vehicles. The route runs alongside Valley Road and Hillam Road and crosses a number of roads and private accesses.

The signalling at major junctions, Hamm Strasse and Queen’s Road will be modified and include dedicated cycle crossings. The minor side roads will be modified in order to give cyclists the right of way over other traffic.

The design has been developed in consultation with representatives from cycling organisations with the intention of providing a continuous, direct and safe route with minimum delays to cycle traffic.

By extending the cycle network across Bradford, it will be even easier for people to benefit from the investment being made in the district, and increase opportunity for people to make every day journeys by active modes. The Bradford to Leeds Cycle Superhighway has seen over 400, 000 trips being made along it since it opened in July 2016, with a 43% increase in cyclists travelling in or out of Bradford on an average week day.

Supported by WYCA’s CityConnect team, people from across Bradford are already being encouraged to get around by cycling and walking, and new infrastructure makes this even easier. With six ‘Bike Friendly’ schools developed this year in Bradford, over a thousand children have already benefitted from activities and cycle training. Commuters and businesses are also being supported through Bike Friendly Business scheme, including businesses along the Canal Road Greenway. Through expanding the cycle network, many more people can take advantage of safe routes and support to travel sustainably.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport in Bradford Council said:

“Our district is a great place for cycling with lots of routes for both commuters and leisure riders and extending the cycle network across Bradford will make it even easier for people to make every day journeys and benefit from this investment.”

For more information on Canal Road Corridor Cycle way visit: https://cyclecityconnect.co.uk/projects/canal-road-Bradford