Work begins in Whitchurch on Shropshire-wide cycle infrastructure plan
WORK is expected to begin this month in Whitchurch to develop part of a local Shropshire Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).
City Science Incorporation has now been tasked with developing the LCWIP with work starting in late October and scheduled for completion in early summer 2022.
The Shropshire LCWIP will focus on major urban areas in the county, including Whitchurch and towns within 10km of the city, as 10km is considered the maximum distance most people are willing to cycle for. access work, education, shopping or recreational facilities.
Ian Nellins, a member of the Shropshire Council’s Cabinet for Climate Change, Natural Assets and the Green Economy, said he was delighted to see the plan begin.
He said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of City Science to lead the development of an LCWIP for Shropshire.
“An LCWIP for Shropshire will be part of the council’s overall driving mission to tackle climate change and provide a safer, more economical and cleaner local environment.
“It will do this by helping us identify and deliver a fully functioning active travel network, which encourages walking and cycling rather than private vehicle travel for local journeys.”
“We look forward to working with the community in a collaborative and positive manner to support the creation of more sustainable places in urban and rural settings. ”
An LCWIP is a long-term strategic approach to develop walking and cycling networks and identify necessary improvements for cycling and walking at the local level and they are part of the government’s ‘Shifting’ strategy, which aims to transform the UK transport system.
A series of workshops will be held throughout the county at key stages in the development of the plan, as well as one-on-one sessions with stakeholders, including national roads, to understand how the needs of pedestrians and cyclists can be met. integrated into emerging and proposed projects. .