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Overwhelming support for new vision of Leeds’ Headrow

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Published: 11 July 2014

British Cycling's vision for Leeds' Headrow, scene of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart

On 1 July British Cycling’s policy adviser Chris Boardman launched a new vision for the Headrow, the start line for the 2014 Grand Depart, and he asked the question, ‘Where would you prefer to live?'

The question was put to a public vote via British Cycling’s website and the new vision received 95% public support. The remodelled street would reduce traffic speed and volume and create safe junctions for cycling and walking helping to treble cycling levels across the city.

Commenting on the results of the poll, Chris Boardman said:

“This is a clear demonstration of support for roads and junctions that prioritise cycling and walking. Now that the Tour de France has left Britain it is vital that we achieve a legacy of getting more people on bikes. We must change road layouts, reduce speeds and create desirable cycle lanes if we are to reduce people’s concern about riding in traffic.

“The high level of support for our vision for the Headrow should give politicians the confidence that redesigning roads to accommodate cycling will be popular. Now is the time to do it."

Alongside Leeds City Council, British Cycling is calling on national government to commit dedicated and continuous funding to every local authority in Britain to kick-start the cycling revolution that Prime Minister David Cameron called for in 2013.

During the Tour de France weekend, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said that he’d like to see the number of journeys made by bike double by 2020.

Nick Clegg said, “If we want a lasting legacy from this weekend’s event, then we need to work harder to get more people cycling.

“That’s why I want to bring together the best ideas from across the country so we can make it cheaper, easier and safer for people to get on their bikes and double the number of cycling journeys by 2020.”

Responding to the deputy prime minister’s comments, Chris Boardman said, “It’s great that Nick Clegg has said some warm words on cycling. However, I want to put out a challenge to him to put some hard numbers and substance to his comments in his party’s manifesto.

"Little will move forward on getting millions more people cycling without strong leadership and some hard commitments to put this into action.”