The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) follows on from a national strategy to double the level of cycling by 2025, increase walking activity and the number of school children walking to school and reduce the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on roads.
Set out in 6 stages, the LCWIP maps out ‘ambitious plans’ to increase walking and cycling networks on the Island over a 10-year period, which will help promote the Island as a walking and cycling destination, support and increase sustainable transport and increase the percentage of children and young people using active travel modes.
Focusing on Newport and Ryde to start with, selected as ‘priority settlements’ because they have the biggest populations, the rest of the Island will be done in phases, identifying improvements required at a local level.
The plan sets out 16 cycle and 24 walking routes that will be prioritised, creating new paths or making improvements to old ones, to help support the council’s work on sustainable transport — saying, “which, if implemented, will lead to a transformation in volumes of cycling and walking in Newport and Ryde”.
Once plans have been implemented in the two towns, the LCWIP will be used as a template to replicate results across the Island.
Stakeholders including CycleWight, town and parish councils, and Newport and Ryde regeneration groups have helped develop plans.
The plan was approved yesterday (Thursday) through delegated decision by cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, Councillor Ian Ward.
One of the reasons given for the decision was the potential investment in cycling and walking, which also “supports the delivery of public health outcomes in relation to creating greener and more active communities, improving resident and visitor health and wellbeing.”