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Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans

We have ambitious plans to increase active travel and make Lancashire a place where cycling and walking is easily accessible, safe to use, attractive and well maintained. By building an infrastructure that makes it easier for people to travel on foot or by cycle, we can make walking and cycling a practical choice as well as a healthy and sustainable one.

Working in partnership with Blackpool Council we are developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans, for our future cycling and walking networks for each area of the county.

Have your say

Tell us what you think about the current provision for cycling and walking in your area by taking part in our short survey.  Your feedback will be used to shape long term plans for our future cycling and walking networks for each area of Lancashire. The survey is open until 5 May 2022.

Take part in the survey

About the plans

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans are a new, strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements.

The plans will enable a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks.

We will produce:

  • Network plans for walking and cycling which identify preferred routes and core zones for further development
  • Prioritised programmes of improvements for future investment
  • Reports which set out the analysis we have carried out and why we are proposing particular improvements and networks

This will allow us to plan and improve the conditions for active travel by:

  • Identifying cycling and walking infrastructure improvements for future investment in the short, medium and long term
  • Ensuring that consideration is given to cycling and walking within both local planning and transport policies and strategies
  • Providing the evidence base to make the case for future funding for walking and cycling infrastructure

The process

Our programme is developed in line with the Department for Transport's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy and their supporting Technical Guidance for Local Authorities (2017).

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans can be used as an evidence base to introduce long term, fit for purpose cycling and walking schemes. A key aspect in their production is a document that has undergone full public and wider stakeholder engagement.

We will prepare seven plans, following the same geographic footprint as set out in the Highways and Transport Masterplans.

The plans are:

  • Burnley and Pendle
  • Central Lancashire
  • Fylde Coast (including Blackpool)
  • Hyndburn & Rossendale
  • Lancaster
  • Ribble Valley
  • West Lancashire

As well as engaging with local communities, we will liaise with each of the district authorities to ensure their input and support for the plans. Additional design and feasibility work will be needed to take any of the proposed schemes forward.

Timeline

Determine scope and information gathering - complete

  • Summer 2021 - Spring 2022: Determine the geographical boundaries of the plan. Identify existing and potential future travel patterns and barriers to walking and cycling.

Develop plans and public engagement - in progress

  • Spring 2022 - First public engagement phase: Request feedback from residents on their experience of cycling and walking in Lancashire and where any improvements are needed. This information will help us decide on the priority networks for improvements
  • Summer 2022 - Second public engagement phase: We will present all seven draft plans for public comment once analysis has been completed. A draft indicative Lancashire cycling and walking network map based on the plans will be published and once again there will be an opportunity to have your say
  • Autumn 2022 - Update plans: Use any engagement feedback to make final amendments
  • Winter 2022 - Final plans: 10 year plan for walking and cycling taken to the county council's cabinet for approval

Funding and delivery - Spring 2023 - Spring 2032

  • Funding: Use the plans to assist in securing funding for delivery
  • Delivery of improvements (subject to funding)

Your feedback on cycling and walking routes

We asked people to let us know any issues on their local networks and what improvements we could make to help them to cycle and walk more. The map shows the locations where people have pinpointed issues and what type of issue they raised.

Full screen map

Further information

Lancashire cycling and walking strategy (PDF 1MB)