Kirkstall Road will benefit from a £245,000 road improvement scheme at an accident blackspot between Woodside View and Weaver Street.
Leeds City Council has approved the creation of a segregated cycle track on a section of the A65 Kirkstall Road as part of a wider package of road improvements. These include:
- Providing a segregated cycle track between Woodside View and Greenhow Road;
- Reduce the overall width of Kirkstall Road to cater for the track.
- Give priority to pedestrians and cyclists at side road junctions between the designated streets, and introduce side road speed tables to change priority to reduce vehicle speeds
A council report says the section of Kirkstall Road did not benefit from alterations from the multi-million pound Quality Bus Initiative in 2012 which introduced priority bus lanes in a bid to reduce traffic congestion. It says:
“Over the past five years there were 59 recorded injury accidents along this length. These accidents are as a result of varied causation factors with a large proportion involving Pedal Cyclist. From the 59 recorded injury accidents 56% involved a pedal cyclist or pedestrians.”
The report, written by trainee engineer Jack Young, goes on to say that the introduction of the cycle track should not impact on the capacity of the road. Consultation has been taken internally, and to date no adverse comments have been received. It adds:
“In order to improve the road safety and assist in cycle safety and therefore support economic growth along this section of A65 Kirkstall Road there needs to be measures taken to assist cyclist and pedestrians along here. Although there is a loss of carriageway it is only over short lengths and the proposals will have a considerable benefit to cyclist and pedestrians.”
You can read the council’s decision in full here. The decision was taken under delegated powers by the chief officer for Highways and Transportation Gary Bartlett.