Why is Suffolk County Council delivering more walking and cycling schemes?
Creating the appropriate conditions for more cycling and walking is imperative, making it attractive and convenient and part of people’s daily travel need. We have ambitious plans to change behaviours and to encourage alternatives to the use of the private car that will maximise the use of the transport network.
For the sake of the current and future generations we must tackle poor air quality and address the issues raised in the climate emergency which was declared across Suffolk by the County, District and Borough Councils during 2019. Cycling and walking benefits our mental and physical health. It is also an important factor in reducing traffic congestion, encouraging people to reduce car travel. It is therefore vital that cycling and walking are made genuine transport options for people to use for their everyday journeys.
What are Low Traffic Neighbourhoods / Modal Filters?
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods cut out rat-running and unnecessary through-traffic to create quieter, safer and healthier streets for people to walk, cycle and wheel through. Low Traffic Neighbourhoods can be achieved by modal filters which enable pedestrians and cyclists to pass through but prevent motorised vehicles from doing so or bus gates that enable pedestrians, cyclists, buses and taxis to pass through but prevent other through traffic.
Further information about Low Traffic Neighbourhoods can be found here (doc. 1.5MB).
Why are some of these changes introduced as trials
Many of the measures have been or will be delivered on a trial basis so people can provide feedback on the measures having experienced the change. Those that are successful can be made permanent and those that do not work as anticipated can be amended or removed at short notice.
How are people with disabilities being considered in these schemes?
As with all our transport projects and schemes, we are committed to meeting our duties under the Equality Act 2010. Each project or scheme will consider vulnerable and disabled road users and how any potential negative impacts can be mitigated.
Where can I find out more about support for me or my organisation to adopt active travel?
More information on how you can make changes in your own travel habits or support for your business/organisation can be found on The Way To Go Suffolk.