Other UK cities and regions are racing ahead with cycling and walking infrastructure, leaving Liverpool city region ‘badly behind’, says Simon O’Brien in the latest Baltic Triangle Podcast. Tony McDonough reports Simon O’Brien, Liverpool City Region Cycling and Walking Commissioner Liverpool city region’s six local authorities are being urged to drastically up their game by Simon O’Brien, the city region’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner.
In an interview with the latest monthly Baltic Triangle Podcast , Simon said Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton that they are being “left behind quite badly” when it comes to getting people out of cars and onto bikes.
Last year Simon, also a well known TV actor and presenter whose credits include Brookside and Coronation Street , pointed out that most journeys taken in cities are less than 5km and yet half are taken by car.
He added that just 2% of journeys in the Liverpool city region were taken by bicycle and 30% by walking.
“The historic way of encouraging people to cycle in Liverpool and the surrounding region has been to paint a white line on the floor and say ‘there you go’. That is not acceptable any more,” said Simon.
He added: “They are now doing it in Manchester, they are now doing it in Leeds, they are now doing it in Birmingham. So Liverpool city region is really getting left behind quite badly on this kind of stuff.
“Leicester, as a city, has transformed itself with its cycling and walking infrastructure in the past […]
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