Have Your Say to Improve Cycling and Walking in Dacorum

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You can give your views on how routes for cycling and walking in Dacorum can be made better by taking part in a consultation which is now open.

Hertfordshire County Council, in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, is putting together the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), and you can have your say until 11.59pm on Monday 26 February.

To get involved, please go to www.dacorum.gov.uk/walkingandcycling.

It is important that residents, businesses, community groups and visitors all give their views to help to shape the plan as it is being developed.

The LCWIP aims to make walking and cycling the best choices for shorter journeys or part of longer journeys, so people see these options as preferable to using a car in the future.

You can help to identify the key cycling and walking routes in the borough which require improvements over the next 10 years and for which funding will be sought from government and other sources, with potential future enhancements including new or improved crossings, footway improvements, junction upgrades and traffic-calming measures.

Once this initial consultation period has ended, we will closely consider all of your feedback while drawing up the final draft LCWIP, on which you will have the opportunity to comment later this year when a further public consultation is held.

Cllr Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Hertfordshire County Council, said: ‘We want cycling and walking to be an easy and convenient choice for people travelling in Dacorum. Receiving feedback on our proposed plan is key to helping develop a framework that provides a greener and safer way to travel.

‘Our aim is to offer all residents a cleaner, greener, healthier Hertfordshire. By increasing access to cycling and walking initiatives, we’ll help to improve health and air quality, as well as reducing traffic congestion.’

Cllr Adrian England, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Deputy Leader at Dacorum Borough Council, said: ‘Our residential streets are full of parked cars, making convenient parking impossible and restricting movement for emergency services.

‘More cycling and walking can help. It is fundamental that, for shorter journeys in particular, we make cycling and walking more attractive and practical alternatives to using a car. We aim to pinpoint – with your help – where the potential demand is greatest for cycling and walking improvements in Dacorum, and where changes will most benefit our residents by creating space.

‘It is important that as many people as possible have their say, as the comments we receive will be instrumental to making sure an effective Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan is developed.

As an administration, we believe tackling climate change is about making life feel better, supporting healthy choices and making best use of the space we have.’