In early 2017, Southampton City Council was awarded £2.2m from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund to deliver its bid titled “Southampton: Driving our Cycling Ambition into Local Towns, Schools, Colleges and Workplaces”. The Access Fund project runs between April 2017 and March 2020 and will build on My Journey – the City Council’s sustainable travel brand.
Over the 3 year duration, the City Council and its project delivery partners will strive to increase levels of walking and cycling to replace shorter journeys made around the city by car.
The project focusses on three corridors into the city from Totton (in the West), Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford (in the North) and Hedge End (in the North East). We will achieve this by:
- Working with local businesses and employers to offer a range of advice, support and incentives that will encourage more staff and customers to use public transport, active travel and car-sharing initiatives for their commute and business travel.
- Working with local schools in the city to help reduce congestion, air pollution and improve safety on the school run. We offer schools initiatives such as the ‘Bike It’ cycle skills programme and the WOW Travel Tracker tool to record and reward active travel. We also work to deliver safer road crossings for pedestrians, and deploy a mobile camera car to encourage considerate parking near school entrances.
- Working with the local community to help get more people on their bikes, such as by setting up and supporting community cycle clubs who run regular activities in their local area. Many people struggle with the confidence of how to ride a bike safely or how to manage gears properly – community groups help to run basic bike maintenance sessions to help people keep their bikes in safe working condition.
Southampton – Driving our cycling ambition into local towns, schools, colleges and workplaces (pdf)