Active Travel in Lancashire

We want to encourage people to start walking and cycling for regular journeys, such as going to work, or to the shop. 

It's better for the environment and it's healthier too!

With over 60% of all journeys between 1-2 miles made by car, with the right infrastructure in place, many shorter journeys can be made on foot or by bike.

Throughout 2020, the coronavirus pandemic made us all think differently about how we travel, and with reduced public transport provision, many of us changed our travel habits. Active travel played a key role in helping people stay mentally and physically healthy, and our Active Travel Fund schemes around the county supported this.

By switching to active travel long term, you can enjoy all the health benefits as well as contributing towards cleaner air in our towns and reducing congestion on the roads.

Public engagement for new cycle and walking friendly junction on the Penwortham to Preston Cycle Superhighway - find out more

Walking and cycling


Lancashire has an abundance of walks, including countryside, canals, rivers, woodlands, coast and towns. 


Ride along our traffic free routes, seaside promenades and canal towpaths. Networks of cycle routes are being developed in our urban areas, making it easier to cycle to work.

The benefits

Walking and cycling as many journeys as possible has so many benefits for you, your local area and society as a whole.

A quarter of adults aren't active at all and physical inactivity costs the NHS up to £8.2 billion a year.

cycle for clean air

Improving our air quality by walking and cycling could help prevent 8300 deaths a year as well as enhancing our green spaces.

Just 20 mins exercise a day cuts the risk of developing depression by 31% and increases our productivity.

A shift to active transport is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce our carbon emissions.

Future investment

We are working with partners to look at how to make best use of funding from the government to enable walking and cycling, as well as funding which district councils have received to help to reopen high streets safely.

We have an ongoing programme of investment to improve Lancashire's cycling and walking infrastructure, but we're currently looking at a number proposals to support everyday journeys as life begins to return to normal.

Active Travel fund

Following a successful bid to the Department for Transport, Lancashire County Council were awarded £2.8m to deliver an integrated package of high quality physical interventions and complementary behaviour change messages to provide lasting benefits and create an environment that is safer for both walking and cycling.

Scheme 1: Penwortham to Preston Cycle Superhighway

We are holding a public engagement until 14 December 21 to get your views on a proposal to create a new cycle and walking friendly junction on Broadgate, Preston. This is part of a scheme which will improve facilities for those travelling the mile between the Cop Lane junction and Preston city centre  - find out more.

Scheme 2: Sandylands Low Traffic Neighbourhood

About the scheme (PDF 640KB)

Area map (PDF 421 KB)

There will be a range of targeted promotion to promote healthier travel choices delivered alongside the capital investment in the cycle superhighway and the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. This holistic approach will aim to ensure that the best possible outcomes are achieved, by facilitating local people to use the new infrastructure and removing barriers to active travel.

There will also be a robust monitoring and evaluation programme, which will capture the outputs and outcomes of the completed delivery programme and provide an opportunity to learn lessons to help improve our scheme development and delivery in the future.

Active Travel Fund Consultation Plan

Consultation is an essential part of the process of delivering successful schemes within local communities, and we are committed to delivering effective consultation as part of our Active Travel Fund programme. See the consultation plan (PDF 407KB)

Temporary active travel schemes

In 2020, we introduced a range of temporary measures across the county to encourage walking and cycling and support social distancing in busy pedestrian areas.

We also used DfT funding which was awarded to councils to support the creation of temporary 'pop up' cycle lanes and other measures for this purpose. 

On 19 July 2021, all temporary Emergency Active Travel Fund schemes will be removed with the following exceptions:



West Lancashire

These schemes have been extended with a view to progress to a more permanent solution. We will provide more details about each scheme as soon as details have been confirmed.

Let us know

If you notice or experience any serious issues with these temporary measures, or you'd like to leave feedback, please let us know by completing our quick eform.

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To report a problem on our highways, that are not linked to these temporary measures, do so here: Report a fault in the highway.

New active travel schemes