Cycling and walking success

23 July 2020

Councils will increase role in schemes cycling and walking

Councillor Dan Pratt, who proposed the motion at Mid Suffolk said:

“The Mid Suffolk Green and Lib Dem Group are pleased that the Conservatives supported our proposals to ensure more people continue to choose walking and cycling as opposed to using a car.

This motion sets out our ambition as a District Council to work in partnership with Suffolk County Council, Parish Councils and community groups to improve existing infrastructure for walking and cycling, and identify the need for and prioritise new routes. To benefit from the £1.2 billion pledged by government for walking and cycling, we must ensure that Mid Suffolk has a list of viable projects to bid for funding.

We also recognise that district councils play a vital role in the delivery of sustainable travel as a planning authority. We can no longer accept the provision of active transport infrastructure as an afterthought in new developments. Where possible we can seek to acquire funding for new cycle routes and improve existing routes through development charges such as S106 and CIL. “

The transport sector has made the least progress in greenhouse gas reduction in the last 30 years. As we seek out a ‘new normal’ in post-covid times, it is essential that local authorities seek innovative and pragmatic approaches to encourage walking and cycling to expedite the decarbonisation of transport. Where building new infrastructure is not possible, we can consider the creation of ‘quiet neighbourhoods’ and pedestrianisation of town centres. We must give equal consideration to rural routes connecting villages to schools, shops and services.

A similar motion was successfully proposed by Green councillor Leigh Jamieson at Babergh Council earlier in the week.


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