Chichester District Council has developed the plan to identify long term cycling and walking improvements in the city and its links to adjoining parishes. The plan outlines infrastructure that could enhance people's cycling and walking journeys, and enable and encourage more people to walk and cycle in and around the area.

"This consultation is a great chance for residents, community groups and businesses to get involved and have their say on how cycling and walking routes in and around Chichester city could be made safer and more accessible," says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council.

"We are one of a partnership of local authorities delivering Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans across West Sussex. Over the last year, our officers have been working hard to develop a plan that, once adopted, will inform both the Local Plan Review and future investment decision-making by the agencies responsible for planning, roads and pathways. It will also help when bidding for grant funding and supports the Government's strategy to increase the number of walking and cycling journeys, especially following lockdown."

With the help of leading consultants, the council has carried out a comprehensive audit of current pedestrian pathways and cycle routes in Chichester, as well as assessing existing routes in and out of the city. As a result of this work, a selection of walking and cycling improvements has been identified and people can give their views on these suggestions in the current 'Let's Talk: Cycling and Walking' consultation.

Cllr Plant adds, "If you walk or cycle into and around Chichester City, or would consider doing so if improvements were made to key routes, I would urge you to take part in our consultation. This easy-to-complete survey takes 5-10 minutes, and you can choose to comment on as many of the different areas of the plan as you wish.

"The deadline for responding is midnight on 19 October 2020, so don't forget to have your say on our consultation web page before the consultation closes. You can view the plan and its suggestions on this web page too."

The survey is split into three main sections:

  1. Understanding how often people cycle or walk to their destination, and whether road, pathway and network improvements would encourage them to take more journeys like this.

  2. Walking improvements: The plan sets out a range of walking improvements across the core walking zone and two key walking routes, including for those using wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters. This part of the survey highlights some of the key suggestions, such as separation between cycling and walking routes and continuous pathways.

  3. Cycling improvements: Nine routes for cycling improvements have been identified, and this section offers the opportunity for people to comment on as many of the routes as they want to.

There is also a list of frequently asked questions to help put the survey into context and explain some of the terms used. Peoplecan request a paper copy of the questionnaire by emailing letstalk@chichester.gov.uk

People who would like to get involved with more consultations and surveys in the future can also join Chichester District Council's Let's Talk Panel. By signing up, they will be automatically notified of any consultations by email, and can decide whether or not they want to take part. People can join by visiting the Let's Talk Panel.

Date of release: 9 October 2020

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