Perfect cycling routes for your Liverpool city centre commute
If the traffic on your daily commute is getting you down – you might want to consider cycling to work instead.
Not only is it good exercise, malady cycling can often be quicker than driving and has the added benefit of being free.
The 20 Effect campaign – a council-run initiative to encourage people to walk and cycle – has mapped out three cycling routes perfect for commuting into the city centre, site and even claims some of them are the quickest way to get there.
Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, pharm Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “All over the city, people are realising that walking or cycling is a much more relaxing, enjoyable, cheap and simple way of getting to work, school or for nipping out on errands.
“Liverpool is a beautiful city full of friendly people, but it’s easy to forget that when you’re cooped up in a car. There’s another side of Liverpool – the best side – that can only be experienced by leaving the keys at home.”
So, if you’re looking to get fit and save some money, take a look at these three hand-picked city centre cycle routes you can use for your commute.
Route one: Sefton Park to Liverpool ONE
This route leads from Sefton Park to Liverpool ONE, passing through Festival Gardens and along the promenade. This route is mostly traffic-free, and also uses the National Cycle Network cycle route 56.
From Sefton Park, head down Livingstone Drive North and follow it until it reaches Aigburth Road. Cross using the toucan crossing (the green bike signal together with the green man means you can cycle across), and head down Dalmeny Street, and when it meets Bryanston Road, cross and go straight on down Southwood Road.
Continue past St. Michaels station and through Priory Wood, dismount and use the pedestrian crossing over Riverside Drive and then follow the path through Festival Gardens towards the promenade (an on-road route is shown on the map). Here, you can take a moment to enjoy the scenic landscaped gardens and the River Mersey opening up before you
Once you reach the promenade, turn right, then simply stay next to the river all the way until the Albert Dock. On the way, you will pass Brunswick Dock, Queens Dock, and, of course, the Albert Dock area.
Turn right at the Tate, stopping to admire the waterways and grand Victorian structures if you wish, and head towards the Strand. Cross the Strand using the toucan crossing and then head up Thomas Steers Way next to Chavasse Park, where you will find secure cycle parking in the QPark (entrance opposite John Lewis).
Route two: Everton Park to the Business District
Starting on Heyworth Street near St. Georges Church (known as ‘The Iron Church’), head down Northumberland Terrace and take the first left onto the path through the park. Follow this path through the park and past the viewpoint (keep an eye out for the Portrait Bench and for Prince Rupert’s Tower on Everton Brow) until it meets Netherfield Road North (signed at National Cycle Network route 810). Continue down Netherfield Road and turn right on to Prince Edwin Street. Alternatively, continue through the park to Browside and use the new toucan crossing over Netherfield Road South.
Follow Prince Edwin Street until it meets Fox Street, go ahead on the shared path (signed for cyclists to use) and then cross St Anne Street using the Toucan crossing. Continue down the shared path on to Juvenal Street.
Cross Scotland Road at the toucan crossing and follow the blue signs to turn left down Bevington Bush. Another toucan crossing provides access over Leeds Street to the cycle path parallel to Leeds Street.
Cross Vauxhall Road and Pall Mall using the toucan crossings and continue along the cycle path until you reach Back Leeds Street. Turn left onto East Street, then right onto Rigby Street into St. Paul’s Square.
Route three: Penny Lane to the Knowledge Quarter
Head down Penny Lane until you reach the end and turn right on to Greenbank Road. Take the first left on to Greenbank Lane. Go straight at the roundabout into leafy Sefton Park, turning right after the Eros fountain and following the long, straight tree-lined path through the park and towards the obelisk.
Follow the cycle lane up Aigburth Drive and cross Ullet Road, bearing left at the junction to Windermere Terrace. Turn right and pass through Princes Park, taking a detour to see The Princes Park Henge if you wish, then take the third exit on the Princes Avenue roundabout, up Kingsley Road.
Continue along Kingsley Road and cross Upper Parliament Street, on to Crown Street. Gostraight at the roundabout next to the Women’s Hospital and continue along the cycle lane, taking the cycle path on your left opposite the entrance to Crown Park.
Follow the cycle path to the end and continue along Myrtle Street, crossing Grove Street and then turning right after Vine Court student accommodation to the Abercromby Square and the University.