Have your say on new strategy aiming to make cycling an easier and more attractive option in Essex

Lifestyle / Thu 30th May 2024 at 02:46pm

RESIDENTS, businesses and visitors are being encouraged to have their say on a new Essex Cycling Strategy as the county prepares for the return of RideLondon this weekend.

Essex County Council has launched a six-week consultation on the draft strategy, which aims to encourage Safer, Greener and Healthier travel by making cycling an easier and more attractive option, particularly for short journeys.

The launch of the consultation comes on the eve of the RideLondon Classique and RideLondon-Essex events, which start tomorrow.

The new strategy sets a simple vision – to see more people, of all abilities, ages and background, cycling in Essex more safely and more frequently.

It highlights six key cycling outcomes the council wants to achieve, as well as setting out activities and actions the council plans to take over the coming years.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Sustainable Transport, said: “Cycling is a fantastic way to enjoy our great county and make it a Safer, Greener and Healthier place for everyone.

“Not only can it be a cheap and convenient form of transport, it can help us tackle many of the big issues we face, improving people’s health and the environment, supporting economic growth, and helping tackle congestion.

“The new Essex Cycling Strategy is an important next step in helping us to support more people in the county to cycle more often, establishing it as a more attractive travel option.

“We know this won’t happen overnight, but the strategy will assist us in securing funding to improve and maintain cycling infrastructure in Essex and help guide future investment in cycling.

“We have developed the strategy based on the best ideas, practice and evidence from around the world, and now we would like your feedback to help us improve it further and ensure the strategy best meets the needs of our local communities.”

The public consultation will run for six weeks, closing on Sunday 7 July 2024.

To find out more about the draft Essex Cycling Strategy and have your say by completing the consultation survey, please visit: www.letstalkessexsustainabletravel.co.uk/essex-cycling-strategy.

You can also request a printed copy of the survey or the draft Essex Cycling Strategy document by emailing: [email protected].

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5 Comments for Have your say on new strategy aiming to make cycling an easier and more attractive option in Essex:

Guy Flegman
2024-05-30 17:24:47

I like to cycle, I have a bad back that prevents me from cycling as much as I used to. The NHS is not much help as it will take 2 years to follow the pathway( I have already followed all other options privately that make up the pathway) then an indefinite wait for an op. So maybe sorting the NHS may get more people onto bicycles than this. It is also worth mentioning most people do not want to ride bicycles as it is perceived to be the transport of the poor, and as we live in the 6th richest country on this planet we should also have a world leading road and public transport network and not the 3rd world one we now have due to lack of investment and public sector wastage of our taxes on things like this study!

Peter Henegan
2024-05-30 17:54:25

I am all for cycling and Harlow potentially has a great cycle track network, I say potentially because so much of it has been allowed to fall into a poor state of repair (yes, I know the roads are in a similar state). My first bit of strategy would be to maintain what we already have my second would be to connect Southern way and Edinburgh Way by converting one of the paths running alongside Tilwicks Rd and Howard Way into a cycle track and my third to make the New Hall cross roads safer (as it used to be)-simple really. But I am puzzled why we have a new consultation, surely we did this a couple of years back, there was a presentation in the Harvey Centre, I learnt about the "new" cycle track going all the way from the Pinnacles to Churchgate, I believe this is already under construction. Perhaps our county councilors will comment on YH

2024-05-30 21:20:31

There is a cycle path the entire length of Elizabeth way from Roydon Road to Burnt mill roundabout, however whilst walking my dog on the footpath on the opposite side of the road to the cycle path I had to move to the side on 3 separate occasions for cyclists, seems little pointless in building more designated cycling routes if they are only going to use footpaths

2024-05-31 07:28:16

Cycling to town for me is quicker than getting my car out of the garage it beats the traffic everytime.Often wonder why more people dont do it especially during the summer months.Can see why though when the cycle tracks resemble the surface of the moon and those people glued to their phones are wandering aimlessly around not paying attention even when I ring my bell and many car drivers do not indicate.Its downright dangerous and disrespectful.Luckily my cycle is insured through British Cycling just a bit of peace of mind.

David Forman
2024-05-31 08:09:43

What is needed is covered cycle racks in the town centre, in industrial estates and at Harlow Mill station. I saw a brilliant one at Wood Street station in Walthamstow. You can read about it here: https://www.falco.co.uk/case-studies/the-third-waltham-forest-cycle-hub-opens-at-wood-street-station.html#:~:text=The%20secure%20cycle%20hub%20at,and%20a%20green%20sedum%20roof.

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