Cycling and walking plans

Ambitious plans aim to increase walking and cycling across the county

Councillors discussed plans to increase walking and cycling across the county at Lancashire County Council's Cabinet meeting today (Thursday, May 9).

Working with Blackpool Council, seven Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) have been created, which aim to join up the gaps in our existing network of footpaths and cycle routes to provide safer, more direct and more convenient routes.

Councillors were told about how the plans are being developed and used in Burnley and Pendle; Central Lancashire; the Fylde Coast; Hyndburn and Rossendale; Lancaster; Ribble Valley; and West Lancashire.

The survey follows an initial public engagement last year when the councils requested feedback from residents on their experience of cycling and walking and where improvements are needed.

A series of network maps based relevant policies, data analyses, and feedback collected from both engagements has been published and there is now a robust evidence base for future funding bids.

Scott Smith, Lead Member for Active Travel at Lancashire County Council said: "We are determined to make Lancashire the best place to cycle and walk for all ages, whether for leisure or commuting and we hope these plans will allow increasing numbers of people to make cycling and walking part of their everyday lives.

“These plans were formed by engaging directly with residents right across Lancashire, recognising that local knowledge is hugely important in enabling people to make the choice to cycle or walk, and in developing the infrastructure we need to make that easier for all.”

The council worked closely with district councils to create the plans. Blackpool Council's Cabinet are also due to consider these plans in June.