Have your say on plans to boost Fenland's cycling and walking network

Residents and visitors to Fenland are being invited to share their views on plans to improve cycling, walking and mobility aid journeys across the area.

Cycling

Fenland District Council is recommending a number of route improvements to make it easier and safer for cyclists, pedestrians, and mobility aid users to travel in and around the district.

The improvements are part of the Council's ambitious Fenland Cycling, Walking and Mobility Improvement Strategy aimed at boosting the district's active travel opportunities and reaping the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits.

Earlier this year, the Council held a consultation inviting those who live and work locally to share their views on existing active travel provision, and use, to help shape the new strategy.

Now the authority is seeking views on the strategy's core policies and recommendations for route improvements in all four of Fenland's market towns and across the district.

The recommendations include exploring options for 20mph school zones, introducing new footpaths and widening and repairing existing ones, improving pedestrian crossings, reviewing lighting provision on off-street paths, creating new cycle lanes, and much more.

Have your say

An online consultation will run until Friday, 28 January 2022, for people to have their say. To find out more and take part, visit our consultation webpage.

Those without internet access can also complete the consultation survey over the phone. Please call 01354 622419 for an appointment.

Webinars

There's also an opportunity for people to put questions about the strategy to the Council's Transport Team via Microsoft Teams on specific days during the consultation period. Appointments are available as follows:

  • Friday, 26 November, anytime between 10am and 1pm
  • Tuesday, 7 December, anytime between 1pm and 4pm
  • Monday, 20 December, anytime between 10am and 1pm
  • Wednesday, 5 January, anytime between 2pm and 5pm
  • Tuesday, 11 January, anytime between 4pm and 7pm

Just email neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk to book your slot.

Cllr Chris Seaton, the Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: "This consultation is a brilliant opportunity for people across Fenland to have their say on our long-term plans to create a comprehensive and well-connected sustainable travel network. A key part of our strategy is setting out how to increase the number of journeys people make by cycle, on foot or by mobility aid, thus helping reduce the number of cars on our overstretched roads and improving our health and air quality at the same time.

"Identifying the best improvement options and putting this plan in place means that Fenland will be in the best position to gain current and future Government funding and progress better active travel routes in our area. Whilst it may be a few years before monies become available for some route improvements within the new strategy, we are working hard to get some key schemes off the ground as soon as possible."

"It is important that residents, businesses and visitors are involved in this process so I would encourage everyone to view the strategy and share their views."

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