Plans to improve County Durham’s walking and cycling infrastructure will be discussed

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The first in a series of plans to double the number of bike trips and significantly increase walking in County Durham will be discussed.

Durham County Council Cabinet is being asked to formally adopt local cycling and walking infrastructure plans for three cities at its meeting next week.

The council has prioritized investments in walking and cycling infrastructure and plans for Chester-le-Street, Durham City and Newton Aycliffe are the first of 12 to promote active travel in the county.

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These three cities were chosen because they are located on the large northern cycle path, which connects the north and south of the country. It is hoped that the plans will double the number of bicycle trips, reduce the number of cyclists killed or injured each year and increase the number of children who walk to school.

A city-based approach was chosen due to the rural nature of the county, and after the completion of the first three plans, funding was secured from the government’s Active Travel Capacity Fund to continue work in nine more cities. County: Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Consett, Crook, Peterlee, Seaham, Shildon, Spennymoor and Stanley.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet Member for Durham County Council for Economy and Partnerships, said: “Local infrastructure plans for cycling and walking allow us to identify improvements for cycling and walking. that are needed to increase active travel for daily commuting, helping us to promote it and help people live longer and healthier lives.

“The plans will also help us to further develop sustainable transportation across the country as we seek to make infrastructure improvements for the future.

“By advocating for future government funding, we can provide residents with better transportation options and enable them to move actively and sustainably, for work and leisure. “

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