Emergency walking and cycling schemes due to coronavirus
We are introducing a range of measures to support people travelling to work, school, shopping and leisure activities via active travel (walking and cycling) methods.
As part of a £514,000 investment, we are implementing a programme of ‘pop-up’ and temporary emergency active travel schemes across the county. The schemes aim to encourage residents to undertake more local journeys by foot and by bike. This could have longer-term benefits, including:
- reduced congestion
- improved air quality
- improved community cohesion
- better public health
The schemes will also help to contribute to our policy in combating climate change.
Schemes may be 'tweaked' following implementation in response to feedback and performance.
We welcome your views on whether any measures implemented should be converted to permanent improvements.
Our schemes focus on:
- widening and extending footways and cycleways
- junction closures and new one-way systems that make it safer for walking and cycling
- encouraging more journeys by bike
- additional cycle parking
We have made every effort to deliver these trial schemes in line with the latest government design standards. These require that, wherever possible, cyclists should be given space on the carriageway and segregated from both vehicles and pedestrians, except where traffic levels are very low.
We have chosen these schemes based on known local walking and cycling priorities and will be sharing more information about the schemes as they become available.
The schemes are being implemented through the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund and the terms and conditions of this means that funding can only be spent on schemes which:
- reallocate carriageway space to walking and cycling
- use temporary ‘pop-up’ materials and measures, so no engineering or changes to existing kerb lines were possible
This means that we are not able to use the funding for maintenance purposes.
We have selected schemes which will complement existing networks and future strategic ambitions wherever possible.
Monitoring the schemes
Schemes will run for a minimum initial duration of three months on a trial basis. Schemes will only be made permanent if there is local support, any decision to make the scheme permanent will be subject to a public consultation process. We will be monitoring the scheme through:
- cycle and pedestrian audits / counts
- feedback from residents, users, members, town and parish councils and Community Boards
The schemes are being implemented under a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order in line with Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
The schemes are being implemented under the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund which has short, centrally-set, timescales. Due to this, a public consultation has not been possible prior to the scheme being implemented. However, we have undertaken local engagement with; local members, town and parish councils, community boards, schools, religious organisations. We have also sent letters to residents local to the scheme as well as other local parties such as shops and taxi operators.
We welcome public feedback through the website throughout this trial.
If at the end of the scheme, there is local support for a scheme to be made permanent, a public consultation will be carried out.
We have also consulted the emergency services about these schemes as part of the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders. They have not raised any objection to the proposals and are able to update their routing accordingly in response to changes to public highway. In an emergency, blue light vehicles are not bound by certain traffic regulation orders such as one-way streets.