Active travel improvements for cycling and walking

How we’re making it safer and easier for you to walk and cycle in Suffolk, including free cycling sessions and a £50 voucher towards the cost of bike repairs.

walkingcyclingaftercovid19What are we doing?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps have announced a £2 billon investment on swift emergency interventions to make walking and cycling safer and easier during the pandemic, to avoid over crowding the transport network.

The aim is to embed active travel as part of a long-term habit and reap the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits.

The plans are:

  • Installing ‘pop-up’ cycle facilities with a minimum level of physical separation from other traffic; widening existing cycle lanes.
  • Using cones and barriers: to widen footways along lengths of road, particularly outside shops and transport hubs; to provide more space at bus stops to allow people to queue and socially distance.
  • Introducing pedestrian and cycle zones: restricting access for motor vehicles at certain times (or at all times) to specific streets, or networks of streets, particularly town centres and high streets.
  • Modal filters (also known as filtered permeability); creating quieter routes by stopping motorised through traffic on some roads, using planters or large barriers.
  • Providing additional cycle parking facilities at key locations, such as outside stations and in high streets, to accommodate an increase in cycling. For example, by re-purposing parking bays to accommodate cycle racks.
  • Changing junction designs to accommodate more cyclists
  • Whole-route’ approaches to create corridors for buses, cycles and access only on key routes into town and city centres.

For more information, read our Transport Recovery Plan 2020 (PDF. 1MB).

All measures are temporary/experimental.

Location

From when

Market Row to New Market, Beccles

Creating a safer and easier route for cycling and walking by removing motorised through traffic from the shopping area.

The 2 disabled parking places outside of the Co-op have been retained and there is ample parking nearby.

31 July 2020

Bixley Road/Heath Road, Ipswich

Creating a safer and easier cycling route by installing temporary cycle lanes which reallocates road space away from motorised vehicles.

This provides a missing link on the outer ring road of Ipswich, linking in with Colchester Road and Valley Road.

10 July 2020

Colchester Road/Valley Road, Ipswich

Creating a safer and easier cycling route around the northern side of Ipswich by reallocating road space away from motorised vehicles.

This is a key route to access Ipswich town centre, as well as other locations like the hospital.

The route has been identified through Suffolk County Council’s work on a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Ipswich.

10 July 2020

Westbury Road and Leopold Road, Ipswich

Creating a quieter route for cycling and walking by removing motorised through traffic.

These measures are being implemented to improve the environment for residents and to support walking and cycling.

Feedback from local survey (July 2020)

30 June 2020

Junction of Princes Street with Portman Road and junction of Princes Street with Chalon Street, Ipswich

Creating a quieter route for cycling and walking to the rail station by removing motorised through traffic. The limited waiting parking bays are also suspended.

25 June 2020

Bridge Street slip Road, Ipswich

Bridge Street slip road, Ipswich Creating a quieter route for cycling and walking by removing motorised through traffic from the slip road.

Providing part of a safer walking and cycling route from the south side of Ipswich into the town centre and the waterfront. This location is linked to the Ipswich Waterfront measures.

25 June 2020

Portman Road (South), Ipswich

Installation of a road closure to motorised vehicles at the junction with Princes Street.

Suspension of on street limited waiting parking to provide pop-up lightly segregated cycle lanes. This will provide a safer walking and cycling route and remove through traffic.

25 June 2020

Wellesley Road Bridge, Ipswich

Creating a quieter route for cycling and walking by removing motorised through traffic at the bridge, on this part of the hospital to town centre route.

The narrow bridge was already one way for motorised vehicles. This location is linked to Milner Street (below) measure.

4 June 2020

Milner Street, Ipswich

Creating a quieter route for cycling and walking by removing motorised through traffic at the Oxford Road junction.

Part of the key cycling route from the hospital to the town centre. This location is linked to the Wellesley Road Bridge measure above.

27 May 2020

Fuchsia Lane, Ipswich

Creating a quieter route for cycling and walking by removing motorised through traffic at the rail bridge.

The narrow bridge does not have a footpath. This intervention creates a more attractive route for walking and cycling between the residential areas the high school and the hospital.

22 May 2020

Ipswich Waterfront between Custom House and Coprolite Street

Creating a quieter route for cycling and walking by removing motorised through traffic and removing the parking bays.

A key east / west route for walkers and cyclists from south east Ipswich to the rail station, avoiding the busy gyratory. This location is linked to the Bridge Street slip road measure.

29 April 2020

These are temporary changes, put in place for a 6 month trial period.

However, Central Government has asked that evaluation is included during these emergency interventions so that authorities can make temporary measures permanent where possible, enabling a long-term shift to active travel as the economy moves “from restart to recovery”.

We know in Suffolk many residents have embraced walking and cycling during the pandemic. That means we have a real opportunity here to make our roads and pavements, especially in the built-up areas in our county’s towns, safer not just for this unprecedented period, but for the future as well.

We are keen to hear from you before decisions are made on any permanent changes.

How to have your say

Download the summary consultation document (PDF, 477KB).

Visit smartsurvey.co.uk to provide feedback.

Once the changes have been in place for a few weeks we will also write to residents in the immediately effected areas to request their feedback and we will publicise the survey widely to maximise the opportunity for a wider community response. We will also include notices with a QR code on display at each of the schemes for easy access to the survey.

What happens next?

After 6 months we will need to decide if these changes will be made permanent. The feedback you’ve given us will help inform Suffolk County Council’s decision on each of the schemes.

50poundcyclingvoucherschemeThe Department for Transport’s Fix Your Bike Voucher scheme allows you to receive a £50 voucher towards the cost of repairing a bike.

The first set of vouchers are available from 11.45pm on 28 July 2020 at fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk.

Cycle repairers: how to register

The Department for Transport is also registering businesses in England to participate in the Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme. If you're a mechanic or have a cycle repair business in England and would like to participate in the scheme as a cycle repairer, apply at fixyourbikevoucherscheme.est.org.uk


freecyclingsessionsFree cycling sessions for families

Free cycling sessions are available for families who would like to cycle more often. This could be to:

  • keep fit
  • commute to work or school
  • go and visit friends

Sessions are based on the National Standards for Cycling, and appropriate content from the Bikeability scheme with our fully qualified National Standard Cyclist Trainers.

Visit suffolkroadsafe.com to find out more.

Here is a list of other emergency schemes we are currently considering putting in place for a 6 months trial period. Email transport.schemes@suffolk.gov.uk if you've any immediate concerns.

To be confirmed

Beetons Way

  • Along this route there are two high school and three primary schools. Some cycle facilities do exist, however, these will be enhanced.
  • The facilities will also be extended along the entire length of the road including temporary narrowing of side roads and closing some side roads to motorised vehicles to reduce conflict with walking and cycling.

Cannon Street, (Low Traffic Neighbourhood)

Following feedback from local residents, further work is now taking place. This scheme is on hold.

  • We are closing a number of motorised vehicle through routes on this residential area close to the town centre.
  • This will provide safer walking and cycling routes and remove through traffic.
  • Supports active travel and social distancing as many footways in this area are less than 2m wide.

Risbygate Street

  • Cycle facilities already exist on part of this route that goes from West Suffolk College to the town centre.
  • There is a section, from Parkway Roundabout to St Andrews Street where no facilities exist.
  • Through the suspension of on street parking and reallocation of road space we shall be installing a temporary cycle lane to complete the route.

Here is a list of other emergency schemes we are currently considering putting in place for a 6 months trial period. Email transport.schemes@suffolk.gov.uk if you've any immediate concerns.

To be confirmed

Bramford Lane

Following feedback from local residents, further work is now taking place. This scheme is on hold.

  • Installation of a road closure at the railway bridge.
  • The road narrows at this location and has been used as rat-run for a long period of time.
  • Closing this route to through traffic will enhance an already busy walking route to nearby schools but also enhances a key cycling commuter route from the north west of the town into the centre and vice versa.

Elm Street

  • Removing the on street pay and display parking bays, making the street one-way for motorised vehicles and providing temp cycle lanes on both sides of the road.
  • This location links to the Portman Road scheme and provides part of a key east/west town centre cycle facility.

Portman Road (North)

Following feedback from local residents, further work is now taking place. This scheme is on hold.

  • Road to be closed at Portman Road between Crescent Road and St Matthews Primary School and between Dalton Road and Handford Road.
  • Suspension of on street limited waiting parking to provide pop-up cycle lanes.
  • This will provide a key cycle lane from the north west of the town centre to the railway station. 

Princes Street

  • This is a key walking/cycling route from the railway station to the town centre.
  • The temporary measures comprise reallocation of road space to provide wider walking and cycling routes.

Rosehill area

Following feedback from local residents, further work is now taking place. This scheme is on hold.

  • Closing a number of motorised vehicle through routes on this residential area less than 1 mile from the town centre.
  • This will provide safer walking and cycling routes and remove through traffic.

Rushmere area

  • Closing a number of motorised vehicle through routes on the residential area approximately 1 mile from the town centre.
  • This will provide safer walking and cycling routes because of the pavements in this area are less than 2m wide.

Town Centre - various locations

  • Reduction in waiting times at puffin and toucan crossings to ensure people do not have to wait long.
  • This could lead to congestion and social distancing being compromised.

Various locations Ipswich

  • We will install additional cycling parking at key locations around the town centre.
  • These are to supplement the existing cycle parking facilities.

Here is a list of other emergency schemes we are currently considering putting in place for a 6 months trial period. Email transport.schemes@suffolk.gov.uk if you've any immediate concerns.

To be confirmed

Lowestoft Road, Beccles

  • Some advisory facilities on road exist already.
  • The plan is to make those sections mandatory and provide light segregation as well as looking to narrow side road entries or close them where possible.
  • We will also extend the facility to link with nearby Worlingham where simple and easy interventions are possible.

High Road, Felixstowe

  • There are existing advisory cycle lanes on part of this road that helps to provide a link from the town centre/railway station to the east of Felixstowe and Felixstowe Ferry.
  • We will upgrade these advisory lanes to mandatory and provide some light segregation.
  • We will also extend the existing facilities by a further 900m to Cliff Road.

Stowmarket

  • Provision of additional cycle parking in the town centre.

Sudbury

  • Provision of additional cycle parking in the town centre on Market Hill and other locations.

Crossings

We're reducing the waiting times at some of the crossings to as short a time as possible, so that pedestrians and cyclists can continue their journey without delay.

We want to ensure that you do not have to congregate at crossings and compromise social distancing. Locations selected have been based on those crossings most frequently used. Download a map of locations in Ipswich (PDF, 373KB).

Cycle racks

To help more people make cycling as part of their commute or daily routine, we've provided funding to Greater Anglia to install more cycle racks at their stations across Suffolk.

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