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Help shape improvements to local walking and cycling routes in Hertsmere

Last Modified May 15, 2024

Give your views on how routes for walking and cycling in Hertsmere can be made better by taking part in a six week consultation, which opened today (Tuesday 14 May).

You can help shape a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Hertsmere by identifying important local routes for people walking, using a wheelchair or riding a bike to go to work, school or to carry out other everyday trips in the borough, as well as what barriers you face when walking or cycling.

The walking and cycling plan aims to make active travel the best option for short journeys by highlighting local routes that require future improvements, which could include creating safer pavements, new or improved crossings, junction upgrades and traffic-calming measures.

Cllr Nik Oakley, Portfolio Holder for Planning Infrastructure and Transport, said: “We want walking and cycling to be an easy and convenient choice for people living, working and visiting Hertsmere.

"Hearing from our local communities is vital to the success of the project. Feedback from residents, local businesses and community groups will help us to identify these important local routes and the ways they can be improved to make them safer for you. We aim to discover - with your help - where the potential demand is greatest for walking and cycling improvements in the borough, and where changes will most benefit our residents by creating a safer way to travel.

“Improving walking and cycling routes locally will not only create a healthier Hertsmere, but a cleaner greener borough too.”

Councillor Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Hertfordshire County Council said: “I’d like to thank everyone who registered an interest in the Hertsmere LCWIP when it was launched at the end of last year. This next stage of the consultation process provides us with feedback, which will in turn help to shape what local walking and cycling routes could look like in the future.

“The benefits of sustainable modes of transport are well documented and it’s important that we hear from residents of all ages and businesses of all sizes, in order to provide the best solutions possible.”

Over the next few weeks, officers from Hertsmere and the county council will be engaging with local communities to help us identify required improvements. Once this initial consultation period has ended, all feedback will be considered and help shape the final draft LCWIP, which you'll be able to have your say on this later in the year.

Hertsmere Borough Council is working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, the highways authority, in drawing up the plan.

View the draft walking and cycling networks, and give your feedback, by scanning the QR code or going to: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/LCWIPHertsmere 

You can also sign up for the Big Green Transport Talk, an interactive event for all ages in Borehamwood on 12 June. Join us to learn more about the future of sustainable and active transport in Hertsmere through an expert panel discussion, live Q&A session, interactive stalls and a poster exhibition with artwork by local schools.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a Q&A session and the event will also offer networking opportunities, with food and drink provided. Be part of the conversation and register your free place: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/BGTT 

An additional drop in session will take place in the main reception at our Civic Offices in Borehamwood between 2pm and 5.30pm on 10 June for the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). 

Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2024

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