Work is set to begin on the first phase of a potential 600km network of cycling and walking routes across the Liverpool City Region.
Metro mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority ratified the £8.3 million funding for the first 55km phase of the network at a meeting on 14th December.
The proposed network is based on upgrades to around 31 routes across the Liverpool City Region over the next ten years.
Rotheram said: “We are at a pivotal stage in transforming provision for cycling and walking.
“Getting the infrastructure right to make it a real choice for more people means less congestion, cleaner air and better health.
“There are also wider benefits to the economy. Safe, pleasant cycling and walking areas, linking well to public transport and key locations, help create those places where people want to live, work and invest.
“And if you are walking or cycling, you are not sitting in traffic clocking up lost working hours– something that benefits employees and employers.
“We want people across the city region to work with us to develop ideas to get more people cycling and walking more, so the network we develop is built for them.
“We can’t transform the situation overnight, but devolution gives us the powers to plan strategically to improve facilities for walking and cycling across the city region, putting our investment in the right places so we can make a difference.”
The first 55km phase of the network is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.