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The Woolton Cycle Route is the main commuter route from South/East Liverpool to the City Centre and to the universities (Hope University; John Moores; University of Liverpool). Five primary/secondary schools (Childwall; Mosspits; Bishop Eaton; Blue Coat; Archbishop Blanch) are served by this cycle route.

THE PROBLEM: About 50% of this cycle route consists of advisory cycle lanes; the other 50% runs through parks or on traffic-calmed roads (20mph) without cycle lanes and without any speed limit enforcement. This cycle route is not fit for purpose and certainly not safe for children, hence not compatible with the Council’s very own ‘Sustainable School Travel Plan’ which aimed at a 50% reduction in the number of children Killed or Seriously Injured (KSIs) by 2010 while significantly increasing the number of children cycling to school. In contrast, the total number of cyclists KSI has steadily increased, from 28 (in 2011) to 39 (in 2012) and child cyclist KSIs in Liverpool are now three times above the UK average, which makes Liverpool the most dangerous place for child cyclists in the UK.

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