Can we get more people cycling?

To get more people cycling and walking you need to provide the right infrastructure. Until 31 October Hampshire County Council is asking for your feedback on its Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. This show the walking locations and cycling routes that the council wants to improve to encourage more cycling and walking.

How to comment online:

Find the Havant LCWIP overview. Have a look at What’s proposed in my area. You can then look at the Havant LCWIP map to see if someone has already commented in your area. This can include commenting on a route or commenting on where a suitable route is missing. Click on the comments in the area you want to cycle or walk in and if you agree with the comment please “upvote” it using the thumbs up sign on the bottom right hand corner. You will have to enter an email address the first time you do this and confirm this email address via a link sent to your inbox.

This is a general comment about improving the Emsworth to Havant route. You can upvote it by clicking on the button on the bottom right.

When you have finished upvoting you may still wish to add your own comments on the map. Click the green Have your Say button at the top of the map. You will then see a map without comments and a pin that you can move around with the mouse and zoom in until you find a location you want to comment on. Then fill out the right hand side with the relevant information and submit. You can share this comment and encourage other to upvote your suggestions. TAKE CARE when positioning your pin and making your comments as there is no opportunity to correct them afterwards.

You should also complete the survey to share your general views. This is a chance to tell Hampshire County Council that:

That they need they need to rethink their conclusions on 20 mph default speed limits in residential streets save lives. The LCWIP states that ‘The comparison of traffic speed data “before” and “after” the 20 mph speed limits were implemented showed an average reduction of just 0.4 mph demonstrating that reduced speed limits of this type have had very little, if any impact on driver behaviour.’ It is simply wrong to set policy on the basis that the law isn’t being enforced – please write and tell them.

They must ensure that the surfaces being used by the council are proper tarmac surfaces, not gravel or surfaces like those used on large parts of the Billy Trail in Hayling – these do not encourage everyday cycling.

In 2020 the government published “Gear Change” which outlined its new approach to making it easier and safer to walk and cycle. Read Wilf Forrow’s excellent summary of why this was so important.

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