Bradford routes reclaimed for walking and cycling

Routes along Bingley Road have been blocked off to cars. Traffic is being counted again to see how well the measures are working (this counter is on Tower Road). Traffic will be measured again in March, when an online questionnaire will ask for residents’ opinions of the changes. The measures will then be adjusted to work as well as possible. These experiments will help make similar schemes work well in Shipley, Frizinghall and elsewhere in Bradford.

Encouraging cars to use the boundary roads around neighbourhoods by limiting cut-through routes is intended to make residential areas safer and healthier. The aim is to make them easier to walk and cycle in, and to reduce car traffic overall. In other parts of the UK, schemes have been controversial but successful, according to this review of London Active Travel Neighbourhoods.

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