Cycle Lane on West Derby Road Temporary cycle lanes installed during the Covid-19 pandemic across Liverpool have moved a step closer to becoming permanent.
In Spring 2020, lanes were set up on three routes including Vauxhall Road, West Derby Road, and Sefton Park to the City Centre. They are now in a poor state of repair and have been deemed unfit for purpose.
Liverpool Council has launched a public consultation on the permanent adoption of the routes which, while well used, have become an issue in terms of maintenance. said initially the pop-up schemes were never intended to be permanent highway measures, but rather a “relatively low cost and rapid method of implementing segregated cycle schemes over long lengths to encourage cycling as a result of the pandemic.”
However, the council’s highways department has recommended that permanent schemes along the length of the three routes are achieved as soon as possible before they degrade to such an extent that they need to be removed altogether. The report said that soon after the opening of the lanes two years ago, some elements of the schemes began to rapidly become damaged with vehicle strikes knocking over and damaging the bolt-down bollards.
It said: “Maintenance of these schemes therefore became a real issue for the council. The routes were also found to be very difficult to keep clear of debris due to a lack of cleaning equipment that could fit within the pop-up cycle lanes.
“Consequently, sections of the cycle lanes became obstructed with loose bollards, […]