Suffolk: A case study for the Quiet Lanes initiative

Collaboration between district, parish and county councils has enabled over 350 Suffolk country roads (over 400K) to be designated as Quiet Lanes.  

It’s a nationally recognised designation for narrow, rural roads which can be shared with walkers, horse riders, cyclists and other road users.  All Quiet Lanes are marked with green signs at either end, which clearly show the hierarchy of right of way for people using the road.  

The county’s residents are being encouraged to find their nearest Quiet Lane at www.quietlanessuffolk.org.uk.  The initiative encourages residents can get out and enjoy the lanes for recreation. 
Quite Lanes are being designated all over the UK. A Quiet Lane is a form of traffic calming designed for use in rural areas governed by the Quiet Lanes Regulations 2006. This legislation allows highways authorities to designating, varying and revoking roads as Quiet Lanes in England.

 The objectives of Quiet Lanes are for improving and maintaining the quality of life for local residents, which take precedence over general objectives to ease traffic movements. Roads in a Quiet Lane network are places where prescribed local activities may be carried out as well as being public thoroughfares. The speed of vehicles must be low enough to permit such activities to be enjoyed safely by people of all ages and abilities.

Councillor Alexander Nicoll, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport Strategy, said: “This is a wonderful sustainable initiative aimed at opening up more of our countryside for leisure and recreation activities and active travel. 
“The lockdowns over the past two years have shown the value of these areas that exist on many of our doorsteps, both for our physical and mental health. Now they have been officially designated we hope it will encourage more residents to make use of the countryside around them and explore other ways of travelling other than in the car.” 

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