Emergency Active Travel Fund

The Secretary of State announced a new £250 million emergency active travel fund on 9 May to support implementation of -

  • pop-up bike lanes
  • widened pavements
  • cycle and bus-only corridors

The first portion of that funding £45 million, has been allocated to successful local authorities. As part of the first round, we have been awarded £272,000. Further bids for additional money later could be submitted in the summer.

There is a huge opportunity to increase cycling levels further in Hull. The city is seeing that more and more people are dusting off their two wheels as part of their daily exercise or commute.

According to data from Sport England, 29 per cent of people in Yorkshire and Humber are currently more active as a result of Covid-19 and there has also been an increase in cycling levels in Hull. This is the right time to seize this huge opportunity to increase cycling levels, fully embrace sustainability and accelerate our plans to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure.

As many people start to go back to work, we need those who can walk or cycle to continue to do so, and to be joined by many more.  With public transport capacity reduced in the city, cycling and walking can become the new norm.

There are 15 schemes and these are expected to be delivered in July, August and September 2020.

  • Anlaby Road
  • Ferensway
  • Beverley Road
  • Holderness Road (Bus Lane Areas)
  • Holderness Road (No Bus Lanes)
  • Freetown Way
  • Cleveland Street
  • Clough Road & Cottingham Road
  • Southcoates Lane & Preston Road
  • Hessle Road
  • Witham
  • Spring Bank
  • point closure of Wright Street and Baker Street
  • pedestrianisation of Silver Street and Land of Green Ginger
  • cycle contra-flow on one-way streets in the city centre

The roads where we are implementing changes have been chosen because-

  • they have been identified as some of our busiest locations for cyclists and public transport corridors and therefore where we might expect to see new and additional cyclists and pedestrians as people start to return to work
  • they are where cyclists might require additional support to feel safe and secure whilst cycling on road, particularly if they are new to cycling
  • the measures help ensure that there is sufficient space for pedestrians and cyclists to maintain social distancing.

Due to speed at which the funding has been made available and the tight timescales for delivery, it has not been possible to start the consultation until now. We welcome any comments you may have and you can send them to the following email address cyclinghull@hullcc.gov.uk