Parts of Everton were disconnected from the rest of the city by a number of very busy roads running north out of the city centre. Great Howard Street, Scotland Road and Vauxhall Road were extremely difficult to cross and meant that few local people were encouraged to cycle and walk due to safety concerns.
“ The Portrait Bench is excellent, you get such a great view of the city from there, we need to make Everton Park into a real jewel in the crown. ”
A largely traffic-free route has been created between Everton Park and the Mersey providing a vital east to west link in the north of the city using much quieter roads. New toucan crossings over the busy roads, traffic calming measures and clearer signage have been installed creating a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians.
Many local communities have benefited from the scheme, including Eldonian Village, Eldon Grove, University Halls of residence at Atlantic Point, and Everton Nature Park. Schoolchildren at Faith Primary School have particularly benefited as the new route goes directly past the school giving them the chance to walk or cycle to and from school. This route will give many narrow boat owners mooring at Eldonian Village new opportunities to explore the local area on foot and by bike. The route also supports ongoing initiatives to increase the use Everton Park including the ‘Out of The Blue Festival’.
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