A smooth ride ahead for Liverpool’s cyclists

Currently, our roads around the Liverpool City Region are heavily congested with cars, making it difficult for cyclists to navigate. As a passionate cyclist myself, I’ve always wondered what the city is doing to improve the infrastructure for cyclists.

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This week, I attended the Bike Life 2019 Report Launch at the Brindley Theatre in Runcorn to hear more about the plans in place. The report is a collaboration between the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority and Sustrans.

This is the first Bike Life report for the Liverpool City Region, the aim of which is to set the benchmark for the public’s views and attitudes towards cycling in the region. The report will  allow the council to take these findings and help transform the city region into a cycle friendly place.

The event had a brilliant turnout, including senior figures from across the city region, including Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.

Cycling is one of the many wellbeing initiatives we have here at Agent, we encourage cycling to and from work, to meetings and during our lunch hour.

We have a cycle to work scheme which encourages our employees to travel via bike. Last year I was nominated for an ‘Arrive Happy’ award at the Sustainable Travel Awards and I won! The submission was based around a case study I completed, detailing the importance of cycling and the benefits it has to our employees.

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Following the event, I was interviewed by Radio City, talking about our many wellbeing initiatives here at Agent and how we celebrate and encourage our employees to cycle to and from work, promoting the many benefits this has for our physical and mental health.

It was great to hear from Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, talking about the progress that is currently being made. There are multiple bike initiatives that have been introduced to encourage people to start cycling.

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My three takeaways from today’s event are:

  • Every day, cycling in LCR takes up 29,000 cars off the road
  • 69% of people support building more bike tracks, even though this would mean less room for other traffic
  • In LCR, the physical activity benefits of cycling prevent 37 early deaths annually, which is valued at £131.3 million for the local economy

I thoroughly enjoyed the event, and left feeling inspired by the Bike Life Report and the exciting future that lies ahead of cyclists in the Liverpool City Region. The hard work begins now, we must now continue to fight for cyclists and a better future for the region.

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