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Two-Month Kendal Cycle Path Trial Begins

A two-month trial scheme for a cycleway along Kendal's Wildman Street has begun today (Sunday).

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.  

To assess the traffic impact first though, barriers will be used to widen the footpath on the south side of the street - which in turn means the road width will reduce by 60cm.  

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.”

BELOW: The scene on Monday morning...

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