Consultation begins on Medway's walking and cycling plans

24 January 2024In Medway3 Minutes
Shared path sign. Stock photo

Views are being sought on the future of Medway’s walking and cycling infrastructure.

Medway Council has launched a consultation on its new ten-year Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).

The plan includes a number of infrastructure improvements, focussing on 10 cycle routes and 14 walking routes across the five towns.

20mph zone sign. Stock photo

Initial proposals have been created for specific streets in Medway, including new cycle lanes, zebra crossings and 20mph zones.

The proposals are not confirmed at this stage and would need detailed design, funding and consultation if they would be delivered.

The new plan comes a year after the government rated the council poorly for its leadership, ambition and track record on walking and cycling investment.

The council was given a rating of ‘one’ out of ‘four’, meaning it has basic plans and isolated projects in place.

Data from the report shows that only 3.2% of adults in Medway cycle at least once per month, compared to 7.2% in the South East.

Meanwhile, 32.5% of Medway adults walk at least once a month, which is below the South East average of 36.4%.

The government set itself a target to ensure 50% of journeys in towns and cities will be walked or cycled by 2030.

Cllr Simon Curry, portfolio holder for climate change and strategic regeneration. Photo: Medway Council

The consultation runs until 3 March and an online survey has launched for residents to share their thoughts.

Public events will also take place where residents can see the plans, ask questions and give feedback.

The first event is on 30 January at Medway Park, Gillingham, from 3pm to 7pm.

The second event is on 31 January at the Pentagon Centre, Chatham, from 9am to 1pm.

Cllr Simon Curry, portfolio holder for climate change and strategic regeneration, said: “As part of our ambitious active travel aspirations, we are committed to making it easier for people to choose more sustainable and healthier ways of travel.

“I would encourage all residents to take a look at these proposals and have their say on what improvements are needed to help make active travel the first choice.

“It is really important we have this long-term plan in place, which will also help attract more funding to deliver improvements across out network.”

Find out more about the consultation by clicking here.

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