Warrington Cycle Study - Cycle Infrastructure Audit

Warrington Cycle Study - Cycle Infrastructure Audit

The Challenge

SYSTRA were commissioned by Warrington Borough Council [WBC] to conduct an audit of the existing cycle infrastructure in the Birchwood area of Warrington, North West England, to support the Council’s bid for funding as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund [LSTF].

The key objective of the study was to improve cycle connectivity between the east and west cycle corridors to the Birchwood Business Area; a place of key economic importance to the region whilst supporting WBC’s Design Team in designing an improved cycle network for Birchwood.

A key focus of the study was to identify improvements to both accessibility and safety to encourage cycling as a mode in the area. Both on-road and off-road routes were considered, with the audit evaluating potential new connections based on factors such as available street lighting, clarity and frequency of existing signage, availability of cycle lanes on local highways, width and surface condition of shared pavements and the general safety of a route.

SYSTRA’s Role

SYSTRA derived a series of potential new cycle routes based on the findings of the audits which combined existing cycle routes with suitable new connections in the Birchwood area.

Recommended infrastructure improvements were outlined for each proposed route together with associated costings to be included as part of WBC’s LSTF bid.

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