New pop-up cycle lane from Coventry city centre to Canal Basin

Transport for West Midlands are also looking at bringing forward the Binley Road cycle route in Coventry.

Pop up cycle lanes, wider pavements and bike share schemes are just some of the schemes being planned for a Big Summer of Cycling and Walking in the West Midlands.

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is working with partner councils on a package of active travel measures to be delivered across the region, including in Coventry, as part of the Big Summer of Cycling and Walking campaign.

With people being warned to avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary, more are cycling and walking, collectively known as active travel, for shorter commutes and journeys is being encouraged.

The Department for Transport has set aside £17.2 million funding for the West Midlands – the first £3.4 million of which is being directed towards measures to be implemented immediately in response to the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Alongside this, the region is developing longer-term proposals for cycle routes and paths, bringing forward existing plans and embarking on a big summer campaign to boost active travel.

With £23 million already earmarked for projects such as safe cycle routes, this means that more than £40 million will be ploughed into active travel initiatives.

Immediate measures in Coventry include the creation of a pop-up cycle lane from Coventry city centre to the Canal Basin.

Funds have also been set aside to give employers across the region cycle racks for staff, provide cycle training and to help people to repair and restore old or damaged bikes.

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “There has been a significant shift towards cycling and walking following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and it is important we as a region do everything we can to support this shift.

“By working alongside local authorities, TfWM will help deliver a range of pop-up cycle lanes, road re-allocations, and pavement widening schemes, as part of the Government’s £17m active travel fund.

“We are also looking at bringing forward some schemes, such as the Binley Road cycle route in Coventry.

“There are significant environmental and health benefits that come with cycling and walking, but we understand safety fears are a barrier for many people – particularly when it comes to cycling.

“That is why we are looking to create these pop-up lanes and improved crossings to give people that assurance and confidence they need to get out on two wheels.”

TfWM has also produced guidance for those looking to start, or resume, cycling, including guides to canalside and off-road routes, at wmnetwork.co.uk/cycling.

With public transport capacity reduced due to social distancing, it is important anyone who can make a change to their journey does so ensuring that bus, train and tram services remain available and safe for those who need them most, said in a statement.