Cycling strategy

Our strategy

We have set out the following strategic actions to deliver alongside our partners and stakeholders such as Essex County Council Highways and Sustrans, the growth in cycling that we want to see.

  • Action 1: Create coherent cycle networks

    Safeguarding vulnerable road users and reducing casualties, whilst encouraging increased physical activity, is a key priority for this strategy.

    This strategy along with work carried out by Essex County Council, the Highways Authority, and Road Safety Partnership will be looking to challenge and improve road behaviour by all users and make the roads as safe as possible.

    To make cycling safer, we want to:

    Develop a safer and more legible cycle network

    We want to work with partners and stakeholders to develop strategic network development plans and ensure that our district has an up to date Cycling Action Plan.

    Use development sites to connect existing and new cycling infrastructure

    A number of the development sites in the district lend themselves to connecting with existing cycle infrastructure in order to develop a coherent and consistent cycle network within the towns and the district.

    Create intra-urban links

    While focus will be centred on the main towns, intra-urban links will be an important part of this vision. Experience has shown that investing in and creating such routes provide societal benefits with regard to mobility, economy, health and the climate change.

    Improve the cycle network in rural areas

    A cycle network in rural areas is a main priority of this strategy and by improving these routes they can be promoted as destinations for leisure and through that, help boost the rural economy. Our aim is to improve routes to enhance access to the countryside and to improve accessibility to local facilities for residents.

    Designate country lanes as ‘quiet lanes’

    Quiet lanes are a positive way that we can, in partnership with Essex County Council, make a positive contribution. The designated quiet lanes:

    • provide a chance for people to walk, cycle and horse ride in a safer environment
    • widen transport choice; and protect the character and tranquillity of country lanes

    Improve junctions and links

    Accidents involving cyclists often occur at junctions and on roundabouts where there is more likely to be conflict in movements. Working with Essex County Council and other partners to tackle this issue we will:

    • work with cycle groups to identify junctions that can be a barrier to cycling and need improving;
    • review pedestrian guard-rails to consider where this can be removed;
    • review Advanced Stop Lines, seeking to increase coverage and depth where necessary; and
    • Lobby Essex County Council to consider trialling innovations such as advanced cycle signals, ‘All Green’ phases and two stage right turns where appropriate.

    We also want to work with partners to see the introduction of more Flagship Routes across the district. A Flagship Route is a key corridor - providing safer, faster and more direct access to one or more key attractors - town centres, employment sites, education establishments, transport hubs, visitor attractions and existing/proposed developments.

    Support and promote the provision of bike racks

    We will support and promote the provision of high-quality cycle parking at key destinations such as town centres, leisure facilities and railway stations.

    Build-in the cycle infrastructure on development sites

    All development sites will be expected to include cycle infrastructure, in order that internal short trips can be made by bicycle. In addition, all development sites should consider strategic cycle plans and create strategic links to key attractors and/or existing networks/quiet ways.

    Work with partners to maintain roads and routes

    Essex County Council is responsible for the maintenance of the public highways, including segregated cycle ways. Properly maintained cycle facilities are key to maintaining and growing the number of people who cycle. We will work with Essex Highways to help prioritise more frequent and good maintenance of our cycle network.

    Work with partners to provide clear signage

    Cycle traffic signs provide direction information, identification of infrastructure as being available for cycle users, and instructions or warnings. We will work with Essex Highways to provide a clear and consistent standard of good quality, well-placed cycle signage - to an appropriate density, with provision of journey times where possible.

    Work with partners to improve access to people with disabilities

    Cycling should be accessible to people of all ages and abilities. The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on public sector authorities to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty to carry out their functions. This includes making reasonable adjustments to the existing built environment to ensure the design of new infrastructure is accessible to all.

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