|Help identify cycling and walking issues in East Suffolk. Consultation ends on 07 December 2020|
Cycling and walking are recognised as important in supporting better physical and mental health, and reducing our impact on the environment, as well as congestion on our roads. East Suffolk Council is at the early stage of producing a Cycling and Walking Strategy, which will supersede the Waveney Cycle Strategy (2016). The purpose of the Strategy is to help make cycling and walking in East Suffolk, whether for work, school or leisure, safer, more convenient and more desirable for all ages and abilities. We therefore want to create a better-connected network of high quality cycling and walking routes throughout East Suffolk and take advantage of the opportunities that new development can bring in achieving this objective.
The East Suffolk Cycling and Walking Strategy will:
There is much work to do and timescales may change, but we currently envision that the Cycling and Walking Strategy will be adopted in 2021.
This Strategy will build on the excellent work of the Waveney Cycle Strategy, which was produced by Waveney District Council in 2016 and identifies many potential cycling improvements. While the Waveney Cycle Strategy focusses on cycling, the East Suffolk Cycling and Walking Strategy will, as the name suggests, have an expanded focus on cycling and walking. On 1 April 2019 Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council merged to become East Suffolk Council. The East Suffolk Cycling and Walking Strategy will cover the whole of East Suffolk. We are working closely with internal and external colleagues and organisations where appropriate and particularly Suffolk County Council, to identify and implement the improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure in East Suffolk.
The first consultation on the Strategy commenced on 19 October and will close on 07 December 2020. The consultation asks you to highlight cycling and walking matters in East Suffolk which you think should be addressed. You can provide solutions which you think could encourage more people to cycle and walk. You can also view an online map showing opportunities and potential solutions raised by others. While we would very much like to deliver every suggested opportunity, this may not be possible. However, this should not stop you from proposing as many opportunities as you think would be beneficial. On the consultation map we have shown the development sites allocated in the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Local Plans. This is because there may be opportunities to deliver cycling and walking improvements in conjunction with these developments. We would therefore encourage you to identify opportunities near to these sites. View the consultation map and make a response.
This consultation is open to everyone. With your input, we can improve the cycling and walking experience in East Suffolk. After the consultation we will carefully analyse every response submitted to us. While we would very much like to deliver every suggested opportunity, this however may not be possible.
As we progress the Strategy there will be further public engagement. Details will be displayed on this webpage, via our social media accounts and sent to people on our mailing list. If you would like to be kept up to date with progress on the Cycling and Walking Strategy please sign up to our mailing list.