People across Brighton & Hove are being given the chance to share their views on the future of travel and transport in the city.
A six-week public consultation is being launched today, Thursday 30 September, on two documents which set out a vision for how we move around Brighton & Hove actively, safely and sustainably, and make it more accessible for everyone.
Earlier in the summer, we published a document which will form the basis of our Local Transport Plan 5 (LTP5). We’ve also now published a similar document, our first Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), which sets out strategic plans for improving the walking and cycling environment in the city.
We now want your views on both documents in order to help shape our plans going forward.
Drop-in public information sessions will also be held at Jubilee Library on:
- Wednesday 6 October 10am – 5pm
- Friday 8 October 10am – 5pm
- Tuesday 26 October 12pm – 7pm
- Saturday 30 October 10am – 5pm
Closing date for comments is Monday 15 November
Moving around our city
The way we travel connects us to work, schools, colleges and universities, local retailers and businesses, leisure activities and, of course, to each other.
We have seen in the last 18 months that how we travel can change quickly. During the pandemic, we saw how more of us could work remotely. When our movements were restricted by lockdowns, greater numbers travelled by foot or cycle for shorter journeys or as part of a longer one.
Only by providing people with options can they make healthy and sustainable travel choices. This means a high-quality cycling and walking network and greater access to public transport. It also means growing electric vehicle infrastructure, improving road safety and finding ways to reduce car use.
With more people having the opportunity to leave the car at home, we free up space for those that need it, such as disabled people, traders and businesses needing to receive or deliver goods and services across the city. Creating a more attractive environment that isn’t dominated by vehicles increases the attraction of the city to our many visitors and is better for everyone.
Have your say
Amy Heley, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “These two documents will be crucial in setting out how we move around our city for years to come. It’s vital local people have their say and so I would urge everyone to take time to comment.
“We need to change the way we travel if we’re to combat the climate crisis and to achieve targets set by central government. Shifting to more active, inclusive and sustainable travel will benefit our physical and mental health, but also improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions.
“I look forward to a time when walking and cycling are the travel options of choice across the city for as many people as possible and that we free up space on our roads for those that really need it.”