WCC unanimously approved funding of £4.75 million for a dedicated cycle path from Kenilworth to Leamington in December.
The 5 km (3 mile) route will start at the bridleway from Glasshouse Lane in Kenilworth on the B4115 and A452, ending close to the north end of Northumberland Road in Leamington, including a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the River Avon at Chesford. There will be Toucan crossings for pedestrians.
This will ensure a high quality, continuous cycle track to overcome the main barrier to cycling – the danger posed by motor vehicles. The current lack of safe cycling provision, high traffic volume (30,000 vehicles a day), narrow roads, large roundabouts on the A452 are all hostile to cycling.
It is hoped that the route will eventually link to others, like to the University of Warwick.
The proposal for its construction was made several decades ago, supported by Cycleways and the Green Party among others. Warwick District Council, both Town Councils, and the University are strongly supportive.
Replacing vehicles by cycles will bring health benefits for the cyclists, reduce vehicles and pollution on the roads and reduce car-parking requirements. Wins all round. “An idea whose time has finally come” said one Councillor.