Solihull Council is asking local residents to share their thoughts and have their say on the future of cycling and walking in the borough, as a part of the work to develop a new Cycling and Walking Strategy.
The Strategy is being developed to support the Council’s wider Transport Strategy ‘Solihull Connected’. A new ‘Engagement Report’ and accompanying survey will be launched on Tuesday 18 February.
Cycling and walking are recognised as important components in reducing congestion, improving air quality and enhancing physical and mental health.
The Cycling and Walking Strategy will represent the Council’s overall approach to active travel in the borough. It will set out a clear vision for the delivery of cycling and walking infrastructure across Solihull. It will also look at what can be done to improve the capability and confidence of Solihull residents to cycle and walk more often.
As part of the Strategy, the Council will also be producing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). LCWIPs are a new Government approach to identify cycling and walking improvements required at a local level. The Solihull LCWIP will enable a long-term approach to develop a local cycling and walking network with improved infrastructure across the borough over the next 10 years.
The Solihull Cycling and Walking Strategy – Engagement Report which provides a summary of the emerging strategy has been published on the Council’s website on alongside an online Cycling and Walking Survey which can be used to give feedback. Both can be found at: https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-travel-roads/SolihullConnected/Cycling-walking-strategy
Council officers will also be holding a series of public drop-in events which will be taking place across the borough:
- Monday 24 February, 12pm – 4pm
- The Core, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG
- Tuesday 25 February, 10am -2pm
- Chelmsley Wood Library, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, B37 5TN
- Thursday 27 February, 2pm – 5pm
- Dickens Heath Library, Old Dickens Heath Road, Dickens Heath, B90 1SD
- Friday 28 February, 2pm-5pm
- Balsall Common Library, 283 Kenilworth Rd, Balsall Common, CV7 7EL
- Saturday 29 February, 1pm – 5pm
- Shirley Library, 22 Parkgate, Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3GG
Cabinet Member for Growth and Infrastructure Delivery, Cllr Ted Richards OBE said:
“The Strategy will focus on increasing the number of people choosing walking, cycling or public transport across the borough. This can be achieved through initiatives such as delivering high quality cycling and walking infrastructure, providing further promotional and behavioural change programmes and supporting new and existing innovations to be more sustainable.
“The Engagement Report will allow residents to think about the issues and help them respond to the survey and gather as much feedback as possible. We want to make sure our emerging travel policies align with the aspirations of our residents, now and in the future.”
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