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Further feedback sought to shape Solihull’s Cycling and Walking Strategy

Solihull Editorial 23rd Oct, 2020   0

VIEWS are being further sought on council plans to improve Solihull’s Cycling Network and pedestrian footpaths after a dramatic surge in active travel during lockdown.

In February residents were invited to share their views on Solihull Council’s Cycling & Walking Strategy and accompanying Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) at a series of well attended public drop-in events across the borough. More than 300 responses were also received to an accompanying online survey. The strategy has since been updated and can be viewed here.

A second round of consultation activity has been approved at yesterday’s Council’s Growth and Infrastructure Delivery decision session meaning that there will be number of further opportunities for Solihull residents to have their say between Monday November 9 and Monday December 21 2020.

A series of virtual events will be announced shortly.

Coun Ted Richards OBE said: “Where possible, we want to enable more residents to leave the car at home and feel confident choosing to walk or cycle instead.

“As well as the obvious health benefits, increasing the number of active travel journeys made across the borough will help us to address future pressures on our transport network while supporting our ambitious climate change target of net zero carbon emissions by 2041.

“Feedback from local residents so far has been really positive in helping to shape Solihull’s Cycling and Walking Strategy. This is a chance to look at how we deliver high quality cycling and walking infrastructure, tackle existing barriers to cycling and walking and embed cycling and walking initiatives into local policy.

“I would encourage everyone to take a look at our draft strategy which is now available on our website. There will be a range of opportunities to find out more and to share your thoughts on this important document over the coming weeks and we will be sharing details soon.”

The updated strategy sets out a clear vision for the delivery of cycling and walking infrastructure across Solihull and looks at what can be done to encourage people to cycle and walk more often.

Within the plan are details of four routes in Solihull have been prioritised as part of the West Midlands Strategic

Cycle Network:

• A45 Birmingham to Solihull (Birmingham Airport/NEC)

• B4102 Dickens Heath to Solihull town centre

• Balsall Common to Stonebridge via A452

• Shirley to Bentley Heath

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