Residents invited to put forward proposals for cycling and walking improvements

Residents will be encouraged to put forward their ideas to deliver cycling and walking improvements in the Royal Borough.

The council wants to engage and listen to their views as part of a ‘big conversation’ with residents and will be welcoming suggestions.

A public consultation will be held later this year and will include the opportunity to put forward ideas on how best to spend a grant of £335,000, which the council successfully secured via the Government’s Active Travel Fund. To ensure we hear everyone's views, both online and postal submissions will be welcomed.

The outcome of the consultation will then allow the council to upgrade its Cycling Action Plan to a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

This identifies cycling and walking improvements required at a local level and forms a vital part of the Government’s strategy to increase the number of trips made on foot or by cycle.

Councillor Gerry Clark, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “We want to deliver the right schemes in our communities and are committed to opening up a wider conversation with residents and to invite their proposals for active travel schemes that would benefit their local areas.

“When considering schemes, we prioritise what will support residents' lives; what will support new house building; what will help meet our commitments to tackling climate change, and what will help support our local economy recovery post-COVID.

“Residents know their communities the best and, when the consultation gets underway, I would encourage as many people as possible to take part.”

Suggestions could cover areas such as encouraging people to leave their cars at home, walking to school more frequently and segregated cycle lanes.

A consultation earlier this year saw thousands of people respond to a number of proposed walking and cycling schemes put forward by the council to be funded by the Active Travel Fund grant.

Residents were against two low traffic neighbourhoods in West Windsor and a bus gate on Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead. One of the school streets schemes in Maidenhead, and a pedestrian crossing, were supported. 

Councillor Clark added: “Feedback from residents at the last consultation was key in determining whether any of the schemes should be progressed and we listened.

“This new initiative will enable residents and stakeholder groups to submit their ideas, not only on how best to spend our allocation of the Active Travel Fund, but on a far broader range of potential infrastructure improvements to the walking and cycling network in the borough.”

Before commencing wider engagement with residents, ward councillors will be asked to put forward potential schemes that meet the criteria which they believe could benefit residents.

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