Safety fears over cycle highway plan

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A PLANNED £30m “cycle superhighway” between Leeds and Bradford – dubbed a Highway to Health – could become a “highway to hell” for many pedestrians and towpath walkers unless action is taken now, council chiefs have been warned.

Coun Andrew Carter, opposition Conservative group leader at Leeds City Council, raised the issue at a recent meeting of the authority’s decision-making executive board.

The region has recently been granted an £18m Cycle City Ambition grant, as part of the overall £29m project.

The planned route, which is set to be completed by September 2015, will link Seacroft to Bradford.

However, Coun Carter believes that the proposals could create problems for pedestrians who regularly use the canal towpath between the two cities.

He said the stretch of towpath between Kirkstall and Shipley already throws up regular cases of “irresponsible cyclists causing havoc and threatening pedestrian safety”.