Chance to help shape future of active travel in Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council is looking to recruit stakeholders to help shape the future of active travel in the county <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
Worcestershire County Council is looking to recruit stakeholders to help shape the future of active travel in the county (Image: Newsquest)

Members of the community are needed to help shape the future of active travel in Worcestershire.

The county council is looking to set up an “Active Travel Stakeholder Group”, which will have a say in walking, cycling, and wheeling provision, as well as support funding bids and review plans.

Councillor Mike Rouse, cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transport, is hoping to recruit representatives from groups or organisations that represent a variety of backgrounds.

“When I was appointed as cabinet member for highways and transport last year, I was keen to find ways to take communities with us on this matter,” he said.

“Our stakeholder forum will deliver an opportunity for voices to be heard - so regardless of your experience, even if you don’t currently cycle or have additional needs, we want to hear from you.”

To date, Worcestershire County Council has delivered a number of schemes in the county, including fully segregated cycleways, secure cycle parking, junction enhancements for active travel, route improvements, new road crossings, routes in 20mph zones and three active travel bridges.

There are more proposals currently in development, such as integrating walking and cycling provision integrated into major road network.

The council is also working on Levelling Up Funding applications and is planning to commit internal council funding to deliver a further two new active travel river bridges.

The Local Transport Plan 4 (2018 to 2030) sets out 28 active travel corridors setting the strategic direction for the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIP).

The first LCWIP for Evesham is being finalised and the council has commissioned a second for Redditch.

Anyone who would like to be involved in the stakeholder scheme is asked to email mip@worcestershire.gov.uk.