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23 February 2018

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Council publishes ten-year cycling strategy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 July 2017
bikes under CC2 by Patrick GoossensFollowing a consultation, Southampton City Council has published its cycling strategy for the next ten years.

Pic under CC2 by Patrick Goossens

The council says its vision for cycling is: “‘To transform Southampton into a true cycling city, creating a liveable, integrated, thriving and mobile city where safe cycling is a daily norm”.

It says: “The Southampton Cycling Strategy for 2017-2027 sets out Southampton City Council’s future plan for investing in, and realising, our vision for cycling so that cycling is treated as a normal form of transport. It outlines the work that has already been undertaken, sets out a plan of proposed improvements to the cycle network and identifies initiatives to realise what benefits cycling can bring to the city.

bikes by riverside tree

“People told us that they want more cycle paths and lanes, and that safer roads, reduced speeds, less aggressive driving, less traffic and better awareness would help them to cycle more often. This strategy sets out our response to this with an ambitious vision and a delivery plan that has funding for the first three years, to achieve a transformation into a true cycling city.”

The initial part of the Cycling Strategy, from 2017 to 2020, will cost £11.5m. This will apparently be funded through a mixture of internal council funding as well as government grants from the DEFRA Clean Air Zone, Access Fund Programme and Highways England.

The council says that it will also continue to pursue external funding from various sources.

You can download the strategy document from the council’s website here.

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