Cycle Route Portrait Bench - Bradford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 46.738 W 001° 45.621
30U E 581686 N 5959642
Quick Description: This portrait bench was erected to mark the opening of a new pedestrian, cycle bridge across a busy road.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/19/2014 2:05:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMMA0C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 1

Long Description:
"Sustrans' Portrait Bench series is a national public art project that is unique to each local area. Communities across the UK are nominating local people to become the figures on their local Portrait Bench. When complete there will be a national collection of over 230 portraits.

The benches are part of a national Sustrans project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, delivering new walking and cycling routes that bring the National Cycle Network into the heart of communities across the UK." link

Sustrans is a national charity that works with local council to promote and develop safe cycling and walking routes. This bench was installed when the new bridge was opened across the six lane road that leads into the centre of Bradford. It replaces an old bridge that was underused because of its steep steps and restricted access for the disabled and people with push chairs.

The new bridge was designed with access ramps to provide easy access. One end of the bridge is near to a primary school and provides a safe route for parents and children to reach the school safely.

"The people chosen to be honoured for this particular portrait bench are Ian Greenwood, former leader of the Council who served as ward councillor for 17 years. The two other community figures honoured, Councillor Sher Khan, a Little Horton ward councillor since 1999, and Michael Latham, former head teacher of Newby Primary, watched the unveiling." link.
Title of Piece: Portrait Bench

Artist: Unknown

Material/Media: Corten steel

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Not listed

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