New bike parking facilities are to be created in Spalding and Holbeach and pedestrian barriers removed at the Winsover Road/Station Approach junction as part of government funding to improve cycling and pavements.
The Department for Transport has granted Lincolnshire County Council £105,500 from the first round of the emergency active travel fund to support the installation of temporary projects during the recovery from COVID-19.
Cycle parking in both Spalding and Holbeach has been announced as to be funded from that first pot.
The county council told The Voice that the authority was looking at options as to where to implement the bike parking which included at New Road, Market Place and Herring Lane car park though these are subject to change.
Work will also be carried out to remove barriers on the A151 where Winsover Road meets Station Approach/Station Road so as to make pavements wider for pedestrians.
For the second round of funding, due to take place later this year, the council would like residents to help shape the longer-term projects.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This second tranche of funding is worth over £800,000 for Lincolnshire, so there is more scope for ambitious projects on our roads.
“This is why we’d like residents to let us know where they’d like to see new cycle lanes, widened paths, or road closures.
“Your ideas will help us shape the future of our streets and ensure that any changes we make are the most appropriate and useful to the community.
“You can also give us feedback on the changes we’re making with the first round of funding –whether the temporary measures should be made permanent, or whether you think changes would be better suited elsewhere.”
You can submit your ideas for pavement widening, new cycleways or road closures online at www.widenmypath.com.
To further help shape the plans, Lincolnshire County Council will host a virtual cycling summit with invited representatives from each district and local cycling clubs.
Coun Davies continued: “We were disappointed that the Department for Transport only granted us half the funding we had applied for in the first round. However we’re already working on our plans for the second round, to make sure we get as much money as possible to make these improvements.”