Final plans have been drawn up for Coventry’s first dedicated cycleway with a string of changes made to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

The 1.7 mile two-way track will run from Norman Place Road in Coundon to Hill Street in the city centre to improve cycling and air quality.

New zebra crossings by floating bus stops and ‘Dutch style’ entrances at side roads are among the changes on the route, along with new grass verges between the cycleway and road.

Changes have been made in response to concerns raised in a public consultation, with the cycleway expected to be approved by cabinet member for city services Cllr Pat Hetherton at a meeting on Monday, September 7.

She said: “We took a lot of time to go through the consultation and make sure we listened to concerns. When you see some of the changes it is very much modelled on the Netherlands.

“Some of the things we are putting in place – where before people were thinking their safety would be compromised – is to ensure that is not the case.

“This is an important step forward for us.

“Covid has altered so many things and there is a keenness now for cycling.

“If we make it better for people they have that option but at the moment people are nervous in traffic and we have to do whatever we can to make people feel safe.”

Changes include:

  • Zebra crossings at floating bus stops to improve accessibility for pedestrians
  • ‘Dutch style’ entrances at side roads to make it clear motorists must give way to pedestrians and cyclists
  • A splitter island at Birchfield Road to improve safety for cyclists
  • Road narrowing at Hollyfast Road to provide a new grass verge between the road and cycleway, helping to improve safety and reduce traffic speeds
  • A new parallel crossing to the south of the junction with Norman Place Road to ease journeys towards Coundon Court School.


Bicycle stock image.

Further consultation is continuing with home owners along Westhill Road to agree a solution for the removal of on-street parking.

Their concerns featured in a petition against the cycleway which was backed by 156 people, while a counter petition in favour of the cycleway was signed by 398 people.

Cllr Hetherton added: “We had two petitions and when we looked at the comments people have put we feel we have dealt with that head on.

“There were some concerns about trees but we have spoken to the home owners. So we are hoping that once that goes ahead there will be the green light.”

The Coundon route has been proposed in response to a government order to reduce nitrogen dioxide, and is part of a wider £24.5m package of works.

The council has said it hopes to begin construction in the autumn.

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