Following a consultation, Southampton City Council has published its cycling strategy for the next ten years.
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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.
“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.