East Riding of Yorkshire Council has completed work on the new £265,000 cycleway and footway across a section of Beverley Westwood.
The new route runs along the B1230 from Cartwright Lane to a location near the playground on Broadgate.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “I am delighted that we have now completed this important and useful improvement scheme with minimal impact on the Westwood area.
“The council is a keen advocate of cycling as both a leisure activity and as a sustainable form of transport. We are continuing to develop the cycling infrastructure of the East Riding with a focus on providing safe routes for cyclists.
“The B1230 is a heavily-used commuter route and this development of an off-road cycle route has improved the safety of cyclists, and in particular children, attending the local schools.”
The cycle track alongside the busy B1230 is the final link in a network of routes connecting Beverley to nearby villages. The network included an off road cycle route along Broadgate to Walkington and this final section has extended this facility through to Beverley.
The B1230 is a busy, narrow road which is unattractive to cyclists due to the speed and volume of traffic. The new cycle path provides a dedicated facility for all cyclists, resulting in a safe and continuous off road route segregated from traffic, particularly beneficial for many local children who can safely make the journey from Walkington to their secondary schools in Beverley.
This route is also part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network (Route 164 and the Yorkshire Wolds route) and these improvements are helping promote cycle tourism in the area, boosting the local economy and supporting local businesses.
The previous footway was in poor condition and the new work has included completely resurfacing the path and widening it by an average of 50cm (less than two feet). The improved surface, with dropped kerbs and tactile paving at any crossing points, provides better access for those with mobility issues. The new path will encourage local residents to access the common using sustainable, healthy transport modes and will allow a wide range of users to enjoy the green open space offered by the Westwood.