What is K2L Cycleway?
K2L Cycleway is a campaign calling upon Warwickshire County Council to build an appropriate cycleway between Kenilworth and Leamington Spa by March 2022.
The aim of this route is to provide a safer, less congested journey for everyone, as well as encouraging a more active means of travel, alleviation of traffic and pollution.
Why is K2L Cycleway needed?
The proposed route, currently used by cyclists at their own risk, could be an easy and safe three mile commute. K2L would join with existing cycle routes, for example to the Kenilworth Greenway and National Cycle Route 52 to Warwick University, thus a high uptake of the route is very likely.
We believe this route is essential, and should be an integral part of the Warwickshire cycle network; providing an important step in the transition to a low carbon and healthy transport system for Warwickshire.
As it stands, morning and evening commuters face mass congestion and difficulties navigating cyclists. All of these delays and dangers for both drivers and cyclists is avoidable.
The route has been called for by many people and local groups, such as Cycleways, for more than 20 years. This is now especially urgent due to the increasing traffic volumes and Kenilworth & Leamington being listed as one of the most polluted areas in England. Last year Leamington failed World Health Organisation (WHO) standards for air quality.
Reasons for K2L
The UK Parliament declared a climate emergency in May 2019, and the government commitment to reduce emissions cannot be met without changes in transport modes at the local level.
We must all play a part at a localised level to combat this emergency. As well as Leamington in general being listed as one of the most polluted areas, Kenilworth High Street (Warwick Road), due to poor air quality, is in an Air Quality Management Area.
Improving cycle routes is a proven cost effective way of reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and promoting healthy physical activity.
Connecting our two towns to enable more footfall will always bolster revenue. With parking facilities already under strain and set to reduce, encouragement of other means of access through cycling will undoubtedly cause a boost in both retail, food and drink facilities.
Lack of physical exercise is now one of the biggest threats to our health, it is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths in the UK (equal to smoking) and up to 40% of many long term health conditions.
By creating and encouraging a safe, accessible and free active transport option between Kenilworth and Leamington we will have the opportunity to help our community’s overall health.
Commuters for work in both Leamington and Kenilworth
Families - day out cycle ride to Leamington/Kenilworth
Returning cyclists who would feel confident to use the route
Supporters of K2L
Councillors; Sidney Syson, Bill Gifford, Alan Boad and Sarah Boad
Front row left to right
"I am delighted that after so many years of campaigning support for K2L is now growing rapidly and the County Council seem to be giving it really serious consideration. It does appear that K2L’s time has come. It should though be seen as just part of a major campaign to get safe and effective cycle routes between all our towns.”
Councillor Susan Rasmussen
"My dream is that Leamington becomes as cycle-friendly as Copenhagen. There you can hear birds sing and smell blossom in the centre of a capital city. Priority is given to cyclists, even at roundabouts. If we used our bikes as much as the Danes we could be as fit and as happy as they are. Cycling here is no longer a niche interest; 'build it and they will fill it’ is as true for cycleways as it is for roads. K2l has been on the County’s transport plans for years. We need it now more than ever so let’s get on and build it before we are completely choked by traffic."
Councillor Dr Jonathan Nicholls
"I have had more near-misses cycling round Leamington than I had in the thousand miles between Land’s End and John O’Groats. I want to see priority given to the building of a safe and comprehensive cycle infrastructure in the district, so that everyone, from small children to the elderly, can enjoy the benefits that cycling inevitably brings."
Dr Jonathan Nicholls