Summer is here and all over Liverpool people are embracing the city’s scenic bike-friendly cycle routes.
The team behind The 20 Effect have suggested three peaceful and convenient routes to get to the city centre from the surrounding areas. Cycling these routes can be the quickest way to get there. The 20 Effect is a citywide initiative to get more people walking and cycling to work, school or the shops.
ROUTE ONE: SEFTON PARK TO LIVERPOOL ONE
This route leads from Sefton Park to Liverpool ONE, passing through Festival Gardens and along the promenade. This route is mostly traffic-free, and also uses the National Cycle Network cycle route 56.
From Sefton Park, head down Livingstone Drive North and follow it until it reaches Aigburth Road. Cross using the toucan crossing (the green bike signal together with the green man means you can cycle across), and head down Dalmeny Street, and when it meets Bryanston Road, cross and go straight on down Southwood Road.
Continue past St. Michaels station and through Priory Wood, dismount and use the pedestrian crossing over Riverside Drive and then follow the path through Festival Gardens towards the promenade (an on-road route is shown on the map). Here, you can take a moment to enjoy the scenic landscaped gardens and the River Mersey opening up before you.
Once you reach the promenade, turn right, then simply stay next to the river all the way until the Albert Dock. On the way, you will pass Brunswick Dock, Queens Dock, and, of course, the Albert Dock area. Turn right at the Tate, stopping to admire the waterways and grand Victorian structures if you wish, and head towards the Strand. Cross the Strand using the toucan crossing and then head up Thomas Steers Way next to Chavasse Park, where you will find secure cycle parking in the QPark (entrance opposite John Lewis).
ROUTE TWO: EVERTON PARK TO THE BUSINESS DISTRICT
Starting on Heyworth Street near St. Georges Church (known as ‘The Iron Church’), head down Northumberland Terrace and take the first left onto the path through the park. Follow this path through the park and past the viewpoint (keep an eye out for the Portrait Bench and for Prince Rupert’s Tower on Everton Brow) until it meets Netherfield Road North (signed at National Cycle Network route 810). Continue down Netherfield Road and turn right on to Prince Edwin Street. Alternatively, continue through the park to Browside and use the new toucan crossing over Netherfield Road South.
Follow Prince Edwin Street until it meets Fox Street, go ahead on the shared path (signed for cyclists to use) and then cross St Anne Street using the Toucan crossing. Continue down the shared path on to Juvenal Street.
Cross Scotland Road at the toucan crossing and follow the blue signs to turn left down Bevington Bush. Another toucan crossing provides access over Leeds Street to the cycle path parallel to Leeds Street.
Cross Vauxhall Road and Pall Mall using the toucan crossings and continue along the cycle path until you reach Back Leeds Street. Turn left onto East Street, then right onto Rigby Street into St. Paul’s Square.
ROUTE THREE: PENNY LANE TO THE KNOWLEDGE QUARTER
Head down Penny Lane until you reach the end and turn right on to Greenbank Road. Take the first left on to Greenbank Lane. Go straight at the roundabout into leafy Sefton Park, turning right after the Eros fountain and following the long, straight tree-lined path through the park and towards the obelisk.
Follow the cycle lane up Aigburth Drive and cross Ullet Road, bearing left at the junction to Windermere Terrace. Turn right and pass through Princes Park, taking a detour to see The Princes Park Henge if you wish, then take the third exit on the Princes Avenue roundabout, up Kingsley Road.
Continue along Kingsley Road and cross Upper Parliament Street, on to Crown Street. Go straight at the roundabout next to the Women’s Hospital and continue along the cycle lane, taking the cycle path on your left opposite the entrance to Crown Park.
Follow the cycle path to the end and continue along Myrtle Street, crossing Grove Street and then turning right after Vine Court student accommodation to the Abercromby Square and the University.
The surge in popularity in walking and cycling in Liverpool coincides with the second phase of The 20 Effect, the Council-led campaign geared towards getting more people in Liverpool reaping the benefits of walking and cycling.
Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said:
“All over the city, people are realising that walking or cycling is a much more relaxing, enjoyable, cheap and simple way of getting to work, school or for nipping out on errands.
“Liverpool is a beautiful city full of friendly people, but it’s easy to forget that when you’re cooped up in a car. There’s another side of Liverpool – the best side – that can only be experienced by leaving the keys at home.
“Throughout the next few months, The 20 Effect team will be showing city residents just how easy and rewarding it is to get out there walking and cycling on our roads, cycle paths, pavements and footpaths.”
If you regularly walk or cycle to work, school or to the shops, The 20 Effect team are inviting you to get in touch and share your everyday stories of how walking and cycling brightens up your day. Contact them through their social media accounts, and share your story.