A new strategy has been published highlighting potential improvements to the connectivity, safety and accessibility of cycle paths and routes across Waveney.
The Waveney Cycle Strategy, published by Waveney District Council, addresses current issues faced by cyclists such as inadequate signage, maintenance and fragmented cycle routes. The Strategy suggests solutions to these issues and aims to enhance the cycle network. An accompanying map shows each suggested improvement.
It is hoped that by developing existing cycling routes and facilities, more people would be encouraged to cycle. Many people are deterred from cycling due to perceptions over safety and by addressing these concerns, it is hoped more people will begin to cycle as part of their daily lives.
Cllr David Ritchie, Waveney’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said:
“As a keen cyclist myself, I appreciate first-hand the numerous health and environmental benefits which cycling has to offer.
The recent visit to Waveney from the Aviva Women’s Tour has raised the profile of cycling and inspired people to get on their bikes, both for leisure and as an alternative and affordable method of transport. The Cycle Strategy will help to improve the cycle routes and facilities in Waveney and encourage more people to develop a life-long love of cycling.”
A draft Strategy was published for public consultation in February. Local people were invited to comment on problems with the existing cycle network and suggest suitable improvements.
Working with Suffolk County Council, the Council will use the Strategy to create a more integrated cycle network, which comprises long-distance routes as well as traffic-free and on-road cycle lanes that connect different locations whilst also looking at road crossings, cycle parking and dropped kerbs.