Following publication of the Government’s Cycle and Walking Investment Strategy, a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) prepared by Basingstoke and Deane, Hampshire County Council and with support from the active travel charity ‘Sustrans’ was introduced in March 2023. This replaced the previous Borough Cycling Strategy which had been in place from 2016.
The LCWIP sets out a recommended approach for planning networks of walking zones and cycling routes connecting the places people want to go, whether that is for work, education, shopping, or other reason.
Development of the Basingstoke LCWIP began in spring 2021 with a draft plan established following a series of workshops attended by local interest groups and councillors. These workshops considered the suitability (or otherwise) of existing facilities and provision. Public consultation on the Draft Plan then took place during the summer of 2022 and included two face-to-face events at The Malls in Basingstoke Town Centre in August of that year where council officers were available to answer specific questions from residents.
Recognising the significant benefits that active travel provides, the implementation of this plan will support residents in pursuing more active lifestyles and, with reduced car use leading to a reduction in air pollution, it is expected to attract additional health benefits through improved air quality.
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