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Have your say on ways to make cycling and walking easier and safer

Released: Friday, 15 November 2019

Members of the public are being encouraged to have their say on ways to make walking and cycling easier and safer across Adur and Worthing.

Drawn up by Adur & Worthing Councils, the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan looks to make sustainable means of transport the natural choice for shorter and part of longer journeys within the area.

Key aims of the strategy include doubling cycling levels by 2025, reducing the rate of cyclists killed or seriously injured and increasing the percentage of children walking to school.

The draft plan, which has been drawn up with extensive input from West Sussex County Council, community groups and other key stakeholders, identifies the creation of suggested preferred routes to form a new walking and cycling network across the area.

Now members of the public are being invited to view and comment on the proposals here.

In addition to an online survey, anyone interested can see the Plan and maps of the suggested cycling routes and walking zones at Worthing Town Hall and Shoreham Centre between 19th November and 6th January from 9am to 5pm.

Members of the public can also discuss the plans with officers on Thursday December 19th in Worthing Town Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm and Shoreham Centre from 2pm to 5pm.

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Following the consultation, feedback will be considered and any revisions made. The Plan will be taken back for approval by Councils in the new year.

Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council and Chairman of the Adur & Worthing Walking and Cycling Action Group, said:

“Given the projected growth in car travel projected in this area and the wider south east region, it is clear that something needs to be done to make things easier to help people get from A to B.

“Working closely with partners we have commissioned this draft high-level strategic plan which is ambitious and, if delivered, will give people more opportunities to get on their bikes or walk to their destinations.

“I look forward to hearing what the public have to say as their views are essential to making these aspirations not only achievable but also a success in the future.”

According to the Department for Transport, road congestion is predicted to rise by between 17% and 51% by 2050 as a result of development, population growth and decreases in vehicle running costs.

The plan acknowledges that in order to encourage people to switch to more sustainable alternatives a cohesive network is needed across communities.

The Plan also supports the Councils SustainableAW agenda, which aims for the organisation to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Cllr Humphreys added:

“Transport emissions are responsible for one third of the local and national carbon footprint. Cycling and walking are zero carbon forms of transport but are also a great way to get active and healthy.”

For more details on the consultation, which will run until Monday 6th January 2020, visit: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/lcwip/.

PR19-162 - A consultation on making walking and cycling easier across Adur and Worthing has gone live

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