Walking and cycling becoming people’s “go-to” option for short journeys is the aim of a new transport strategy set to be adopted in Cambridgeshire.
Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) will vote this week (7 March) on the Cambridgeshire Active Travel Strategy.
It will also help the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) with its own active travel plans, CCC says, as well as developers who will be encouraged to embed walking and cycling provisions in all new building schemes, reports Peterborough Today.
The council has also developed an Active Travel Guide aimed at rural areas addressing the challenges of creating new travel routes while protecting existing public rights of way.
The council said: “The aim [of the strategy] is to make active travel the ‘go to’ option for local journeys which will not only improve people’s health as well as provide another travel option for people not able to travel by car, but will also help the council reach its ambitious target of the county becoming carbon net zero by 2045.”
It added that it has four key themes: “Embrace, Enhance, Expand and Encourage”.
At the same meeting, councillors will discuss the Fenland Transport Strategy which has been developed alongside Fenland District Council (FDC), taking the Active Travel Strategy into account.
The goal of this, is to “improve accessibility and connectivity across the district” with sustainable transport options, said the council.
This will also mean reducing rural isolation and tackling climate change, it adds.