Improvements for walking, cycling and wheeling

How we’re making it easier, safer and more enjoyable to walk, cycle and wheel in Suffolk.

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This page is currently being updated, and the information will be subject to change (24 November 2022).

If you require further information in the meantime, please contact the Transport Strategy team on transport.schemes@suffolk.gov.uk

Narrative

Suffolk County Council is striving to make it safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone to walk, cycle and wheel in and around the county, through a number of infrastructure schemes.

The aim of these schemes is to foster long-term habits of active travel and reap the numerous associated benefits including for health, air quality, congestion, the local economy and road safety. You can find out more about these schemes in the ‘Schemes and Consultations’ tab below.

Proposals include:

  • Installing cycle facilities with a minimum level of physical separation from other traffic
  • 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
  • Introducing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods; creating quieter routes by stopping motorised through traffic on some roads
  • 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.

Schemes and consultations

Funding

The proposals are supported by the Department for Transport’s £250 million Active Travel Fund announced in May 2020 and the £2 billion of funding over the next five years announced in February 2020.

Suffolk County Council has been awarded £376,000 in tranche one, £1.685 million in tranche two and £3.84 million in tranche three from the Active Travel Fund.

For further information, please read:

  • Transport Recovery Plan Phase 1 (PDF, 1MB) - July 2020
  • Transport Recovery Plan Phase 2 (PDF, 2MB) - January 2021

National policy context

Since 2020 the Government has released significant reports and policy papers on transport that sets out the future direction and funding of active travel in particular. These include:

  • Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) – 1 (2017) and 2 (2022) : Sets out the government's ambition for cycling and walking including to make cycling and walking a natural choice for shorter journeys, or as part of longer journeys by 2040. The 2017 CWIS introduced Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) and outlined the guidance and support local authorities would receive in order to develop LCWIPs.
  • Gear Change: A bold vision for cycling and walking (2020): Lays out the vision for cycling and walking. A commitment to invest £2 billion over five years in cycling and walking with the aim that half of all journeys will be cycled or walked in towns and cities by 2030. Gear Change also explicitly states that ‘to receive Government funding for local highways investment, where the main element is not cycling or walking, there will be a presumption that schemes must deliver or improve cycling infrastructure to the standards in the Local Transport Note’.
  • Local Transport Note 1/20 (2020): This note provides guidance and standards to local authorities on delivering high quality, cycle infrastructure. This Note gives local authorities flexibility on design of infrastructure, but sets an objective and measurable quality threshold under which authorities will generally not be considered for funding and will be required to justify their design choices.
  • Active Travel England : Active Travel England (ATE) will be responsible for driving up the standards of cycling and walking infrastructure and managing the national active travel budget, awarding funding for projects that improve both health and air quality. ATE will be a statutory consultee for planning applications and will provide advice to improve scheme design, implementation and stakeholder management.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Suffolk

The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) sets out a series of costed and prioritised infrastructure measures to achieve a transformational change in the levels of cycling and walking across the County. Producing an LCWIP is strongly recommended in the government’s Gear Change report as it is a prerequisite to qualify for some government funding, and very advantageous in securing other funding. The Suffolk LCWIP not only responds to this national policy but also aligns with commitments made in the LTP and Climate Emergency Plan.

Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)

We are committed to providing services that are fair and accessible to everyone. Undertaking an equality impact assessment is an effective way of identifying any positive or negative impacts on people, according to their protected characteristics. This enables us to demonstrate that we have paid “due regard” when making our decisions and considered steps to mitigate any negative impacts.

  • Active Travel EIA (PDF, 255KB).

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.

Email: customer.services@suffolk.gov.uk

In your email’s Subject / Title please state which location you are enquiring about.

Telephone: 0345 603 1842

Address: Cycling and Walking Measures, Transport Strategy Team, Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX

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