Developing a new strategy to improve cycling, walking and mobility access across the district
The March Area Transport Study (Phase 1 - 2017-2020) has identified cycling options for March as it included a Walking and Cycling Strategy for the town. This strategy has recommended numerous cycling schemes for which feasibility study work and scheme delivery funding is now being sought from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
Similar studies for Chatteris, Whittlesey and Wisbech would identify suitable scheme packages for these areas too. This would allow Fenland to develop a truly 'green restart' programme for cycling, walking and mobility and ensure local residents and communities are fully on board and in support of any resulting interventions.
Fenland District Council, with support from the Hereward Community Rail Partnership, has approved the development of a Fenland Cycling, Walking and Mobility Improvement Strategy. This strategy will set out proposals to develop a core network of routes that can be improved in the short and medium term and built upon in the future.
To achieve this, key walking and cycling routes linking densely populated residential areas with safe, direct walking/cycling routes to places of education and employment will be identified, along with routes to rail or bus stations for longer distance multimodal journeys.
Public engagement and consultation will be used to confirm support for the identified routes and gather baseline data for walking and cycling uptake. This will also be an opportunity to identify additional barriers for walking and cycling to places of education and employment, such as access to cycling equipment, cycling confidence, safe cycle storage and multimodal journey opportunities. The views of both mobility aid users and non-users will also be gathered to inform accessibility recommendations.
The Fenland strategy will be drafted based on the study work and public consultation and will include the recommendations of the existing March Walking and Cycling Strategy.
The draft Strategy will be shared with the public for comment and a final version will then be presented to Fenland District Council's Cabinet for approval in late Summer 2021.
To share your views on cycling, walking and mobility scooter use in Fenland, please email the Council's Transport Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org