New plan to boost walking and cycling up for approval
The Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee will be asked to approve plans for the development of a new cycling and walking plan, when it meets on 25 June.
Improving the walking and cycling network
The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) aims to improve the walking and cycling network, promote active travel and enhance links between Brighton & Hove and neighbouring areas, including the South Downs National Park.
Helping us to become carbon neutral by 2030
Wider benefits of the plan include greater connectivity, equality of opportunity, improved public health and overall quality of life for local residents. It will also help meet the challenge of becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030.
We want your views
In February 2019, at the council’s budget meeting, an allocation of £75,000 was approved to support the development of the plan. If given the go ahead on 25 June, transport officers will carry out consultation and engagement so that residents and key stakeholders can give their views on the current walking and cycling network and possible improvements to routes.
Investing in sustainable, active travel
Improving people’s health and well-being is a key objective of the council’s Local Transport Plan which has seen continued investment in sustainable, active travel initiatives and projects. Major city centre development project Valley Gardens, which is currently underway, will introduce direct walking and cycling links from The Level to the seafront, making it easier to travel through this central part of the city.
Offering more choice for travelling around the city
Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, Councillor Anne Pissaridou, said: “As we know, road transport is the biggest source of emissions in Brighton & Hove. Encouraging and supporting people to make more of their journeys on foot or by bike, will reduce congestion and improve air quality, while also giving residents more choice about how they travel around.
“The development of a local cycling and walking plan will support these aims and identify the necessary infrastructure to make it easier for residents and visitors to switch to active travel for their journeys, including shorter journeys within local communities and the city centre.”