City of York Council has announced a one-year strategy designed to support the city’s post-lockdown economic recovery and prioritise active travel schemes.
The Economic Recovery – Transport and Place Strategy is in five interdependent strands that will be delivered over the next few months.
The strategy will focus on investing in and improving park and cycle sites, increased cycle parking and new cycle routes; incentivised short-stay parking in some of York’s city centre car parks; working with bus and rail operators to ensure people can continue to use public transport safely; and increasing city centre foot streets and public spaces to enable social distancing.
The council said it will deliver these measures at pace to best accelerate the recovery of the economy, allowing doors to open in June whilst protecting residents’ safety.
Residents will be able to give feedback about the plan once measures are in place by participating in a city-wide consultation that is set to be launched in the next couple of weeks.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, City of York Council deputy leader and executive member for transport, said: “This strategy will deliver bold measures to help residents and visitors make more use of active travel like cycling and walking as safe and attractive options.
“Many residents now recognise the considerable health benefits of lower traffic levels and daily exercise.
“To return to something better – making the most of the opportunities to create a ‘new normal’ is critical – keeping us and the people around us safe, in line with latest government guidance.”
The strategy will be implemented in two stages, including measures intended to be in place throughout the Covid-19 response, and those that will be introduced or stopped depending on the government alert level at any given time.
Many of the transport and place measures will run for the duration of the one year period and potentially beyond.
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