Published Wednesday, 07 October 2020
It’s national Clean Air Day in the UK on 8 October and Coventry City Council is asking for feedback on its latest scheme to improve air quality in the city.
Every year in the UK, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths. Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign highlighting measures we can all do to create a better environment for us all to live in.
The City Council is actively working to improve air quality in the city through a variety of schemes and initiatives, including new fully segregated cycleways connecting the city centre with Binley and Coundon, the introduction of ten new fully electric buses onto the cities’ bus network, the installation of around 200 electric vehicle charging points across the city (the second biggest such network outside London) with plans for a further 100 by March next year, the provision of electric vehicles for local businesses to try through the Electric Fleet First project which launches this year, and the implementation of a range of schemes aimed at managing traffic to improve air quality within the city.
Work is about to commence on the Coundon Cycleway, following consultation earlier in the year. The Council is also currently consulting on the first phase of the proposed Binley Cycleway, which will eventually go all the way to University Hospital in Walsgrave.
Cycleways create a safe, segregated space for cycling within the street. They are protected from traffic with the use of kerbs between them and the road and pavement - which is ideal for people who may be less confident when cycling as well as those who cycle regularly.
The first phase of the 6km (3.75 mile) Binley Cycleway covers a 3.4km (2.1 mile) section to Binley Business Park and this is currently under consultation. A newsletter has been sent to residents who live near the route asking for their feedback on the plans.
Users of the cycleways will have priority over vehicular traffic that wishes to cross from side roads and there will be dedicated traffic lights to travel through junctions.
Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, added: “More and more people are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint and we believe these cycleways and the many other projects we are proposing will give residents more travel choices and the chance to play their part in the improving of the air quality of the city.”
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, added: “We are undertaking many schemes to improve the air quality across the city. These cycleways have been designed to make cyclists feel safe and confident on taking to two wheels for shorter journeys and commutes.
“We have lots happening to address air quality in the short and long term, and this is all without needing to impose a charging Clean Air Zone in the city.”
The consultation ends on the 31 October 2020.