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Mixed Reaction To Kendal Cycle Path Trial News

There's been mixed reaction to the news that a two-month trial scheme for a cycleway will begin along Kendal's Wildman Street this weekend.

Cumbria County Council wants to build a cycle way along Shap Road next year - which will also run along Wildman Street and connect with the canal path. 

It's hoped the scheme will reduce congestion and improve air quality, as well as promoting more active and healthier lifestyles. 

To assess the traffic impact first though, barriers will be used to widen the footpath on the south side of the street this Sunday.

In turn, that means the road's width will reduce slightly, but 60cm.

Many people have welcomed the encouragement for people to commute without using their cars, while others says there aren't enough cyclists in the town to justify it.

The trial will include a 24 metre-long drop off zone outside the Premier Shop for businesses and their customers.  

This will result in the junction with Stramongate, Beezon Road and Castle Street being reduced from two lanes to one, but traffic will continue to be able to exit in all three directions. 

The council hopes the cycle way, which will eventually provide a continuous loop around the town for cyclists and wheelchair users, will encourage an increase in cycling, link up key infrastructure and enable school pupils to cycle to and from the nearby Queen Katherine School.  

Councillor Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This trial will allow us to see if this solution would work or not – we will be monitoring the trial closely and if we see traffic being significantly affected then we can quickly and easily remove the barriers.  

"This is an important scheme for Kendal and will help cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users get around more easily and safely.”

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