Your chance to make Wakefield’s streets safer and more accessible for cycling and walking
A new interactive map has been launched to help Wakefield residents highlight where improvements to roads, streets and town centres are needed across the district to help them make more journeys by bike or on foot.
As lockdown restrictions encourage residents to seek active ways to travel around the district, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has created the online, interactive tool to help create safer streets for cycling and walking – in order to increase capacity on public transport for those who really need it.
Using the map, residents will be able to highlight streets or areas where any issues could be overcome with trial or temporary measures to help people cycle and walk more, while maintaining social distance.
Residents will be able to add comments about their journeys to work, school or to the local shops, where measures such as a new cycle route, wider pavements, better crossings and secure bike parking could help.
Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: "The coronavirus restrictions have raised a lot of challenges for many people and transport is just one of them, with people asked to find alternatives to using public transport.
"We want to help as much as we can in the recovery process and so I would encourage residents to use the interactive map and highlight to us what improvements are needed locally to make walking and cycling an easier option for them.
"Not only will this help free up public transport for those who really need it, but walking and cycling is a great way to get healthy, save money and is better for the environment."
The information collected will be used by WYCA and partner councils to inform a West Yorkshire-wide programme of short and longer-term improvements.
The Combined Authority and partner councils are working on proposals to make significant changes to the streets across West Yorkshire, which will be submitted to Government, in order to access £12.5 million funding through a second tranche of the recently announced Emergency Active Travel Fund.
The map can also be used to identify where more space can be given to enable social distancing, including areas for queuing outside shops and other services, as well as reducing traffic near schools.
For more information visit www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/safestreets