We are developing a network of cycleways and cycle paths to link together the main areas of the borough with locations such as local schools, retail areas and industry, as well as to the surrounding area.
Many of the new cycleways and cycle paths which have recently been added to the growing network have been paid for by the developers of new housing areas, retail parks and business estates.
Cycle paths and cycleways are shared with other users such as pedestrians (and sometimes equestrians), and all users should treat each other with courtesy as they travel.
This includes keeping dogs under control, and keeping to the correct side of the path where a white centre line separates cyclists from other users.
Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)
We are starting work on our LCWIP which will replace our existing Cycle Strategy and Walking Strategy which are currently past their review date.
This work will build on Hampshire County Council’s Cycling Strategy and Walking Strategy and will help us identify infrastructure requirements relating to new development we need to implement as a matter of priority as funding becomes available.
As a first stage of this work we are publishing our Aspirational 2036 Cycle Network Map. This is a version of our existing Cycle Map which shows what the cycle network might look like in 2036, the end date of the new Local Plan.
We are also publishing alongside this aspirational map an additional plan for making the cycle network more understandable by introducing a system of route numbering which would be applied to wayfinding along the routes highlighted.
Its value is that if a development site comes forward we will have been able to decide and plan in advance what the sustainable transport connections for that site will be, and so will be able to obtain funding to implement the work.
In terms of cycle routes this might be (for example) whether, given expected traffic volumes, the most appropriate solution is an on-road or off-road facility. Funding would be from a variety of sources which may of course change over time with government policy; currently we would look to Section 106 or 278 agreements with developers, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) or other dedicated funds (such as Transforming Cities Fund).
We will be running a public consultation on this Aspirational Map in the spring; details will be published on this page so make sure you sign up for updates. In the meantime, if you have any observations on the map please contact email@example.com and we will wrap any comments and observations into the main consultation later.