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Plans to get more people cycling and walking in Central Bedfordshire

Friday, 4 November 2022

The views of residents across Central Bedfordshire continue to be sought to shape plans to make cycling and walking the first choice for local journeys.

As part of our active travel commitments, to improve connectivity between towns and encourage people to choose healthier modes of transport, residents are being asked to comment on aspirational route networks and shape a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for the Central Bedfordshire area.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) are an initiative from Central Government asking local authorities to put together a long-term strategic approach for the walking and cycling infrastructure which is required across an area.

The opportunity for residents to have their say on plans for Biggleswade, Dunstable and Houghton Regis, Leighton Linslade, Potton and Sandy are all set to be completed by the end of the year.

Engagement events have already taken place in Ampthill and Flitwick and Arlesey, Fairfield, Henlow and Stotfold where residents could learn more about the plans in detail and have their say.

People will be able to find out more about plans for their community at the following in-person engagement events:

  • Biggleswade Library (5 November 2022, 10am-2pm)
  • Potton Community Centre (12 November 2022, 10am-2pm)
  • Sandy Library (19 November 2022, 10am-2pm)
  • Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre (26 November 2022, 10am-2pm)
  • Houghton Regis Leisure Centre (3 December 2022, 10am-2pm)
  • Dunstable Leisure Centre (10 December 2022, 10am-2pm)

Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Sustainability and Transformation, said:

We’ve had a great level of interest and response to proposed cycling and walking networks so far. We want walking and cycling to be the natural choice for trips to the shops, getting to school and commuting to the train station or work if possible. Through LCWIPs we plan to invest in making changes that make walking and cycling a more convenient choice for people.

Once the engagement process for all towns is completed, a package of schemes will be developed with residents having another opportunity to comment on a proposed Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).

Residents can view and comment on the proposed networks for Biggleswade, Potton and Sandy on the online engagement platform Commonplace. Proposed networks for Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Linslade will be live soon.