Ambitious proposals to make walking and cycling a more natural transport choice for residents and visitors to North Somerset have moved a step closer.
North Somerset Council’s Active Travel Strategy is a 10-year plan that aims to increase opportunities for walking and cycling, tackle the climate emergency, improve public health and boost the economy.
The draft strategy was revealed at the council’s Executive meeting today (Wednesday 21 October) where councillors voted for it to be taken to public consultation.
The 89-page document includes proposals such as creating active travel neighbourhoods in our existing communities, ensuring new developments make active travel the natural choice from the outset and prioritising walking and cycling over motor vehicle traffic wherever possible.
Through delivering high quality walking and cycling networks and increasing publicity and awareness of these, the strategy aims to increase walking and cycling trips by 300 per cent by 2030.
Conversations about the strategy have already started with groups and organisations. A full public consultation is planned to launch on Monday 2 November and run for six weeks, closing on Monday 14 December.
Following the results of this consultation a final version of the strategy will be produced and will be subject to council approval before it can be adopted.