Many transport users have started taking more journeys by bike or on foot during lockdown, and we encourage people to continue doing this where possible.
More people deciding to take up active travel – walking and cycling – at this time will ease the pressure on transport services, reduce traffic congestion and help minimise potential transmission of Coronavirus.
But active travel is also important for the long-term future of the Liverpool City Region too. Right now, two thirds of all journeys here are 3 miles or less – but more than half of these are taken by car. If more of these trips could be taken either by bike or on foot then we could help cut carbon emissions, improve our physical and mental health and help our town centres grow.
So we’re working with local authorities across the Liverpool City Region to make more space on our streets for people to safely walk and cycle. Pop-up bike lanes, specially widened footpaths and secure bike storage at locations like hospitals and work places are some of the measures we’ll be introducing over the coming months.
And over the next ten years and beyond we’ll be building a network of more than 600km of new and upgraded walking and cycling routes across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
More information on the long-term vision for cycling and walking in the city region can be found at liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/activetravel
Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are running a number of free cycle training courses for adults who live in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
Walking is great exercise and is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get around, and there are lots of benefits to getting out and about in the fresh air.
Cycling can make you happier and healthier and also helps to reduce traffic congestion, which means you're improving air quality and helping the environment too.