More cycle stands will be installed in towns including Wisbech
A programme of active travel projects, designed to encourage the people of Cambridgeshire to walk and cycle across the county, will be delivered in the next few months.
Designed to support the recovery from coronavirus, the government has driven forward its ‘active travel’ plans through help and advice from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
These include dedicated walkways and cycleways in Peterborough which the city council placed on strategic routes to avoid interaction with motor traffic.
During the pandemic, money secured from the Emergency Active Travel Fund was used to implement temporary changes to public highways such as pop-up cycle lanes, wider pavements, safety junctions and bus-only routes in order to encourage people to make more active travel choices.
Many of those schemes are now to be made permanent, alongside the additional programmes being introduced by the Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership (GCP) ‘City Access Strategy, which aims to reduce congestion and pollution providing people with better, heathier, and more sustainable options for their journeys.
This will also include funding for new cycle parking round the county with more than 150 cycle stands being installed in our towns and villages, including Wisbech, Whittlesey, Ely, St Ives, St Neots, Huntingdon, and Ramsey.
Cllr Alex Beckett, chair of the highways and transport committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Active travel is one of our top priorities and we are committed to making sure that everyone in the county has access to good walking, cycling and equestrian routes.
“I’d like to thank the cross-party members who have been involved in looking into these schemes and I look forward to seeing the projects being rolled out and how they positively impact our communities.”
The strategy will help the county meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045 end ensure that active travel in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire becomes the primary option for local journeys.