A cycling strategy for our Southampton 2017-2027
Following input from hundreds of individuals, we can announce our Cycling Strategy for Southampton for the next ten years. Our vision for cycling is: ‘To transform Southampton into a true cycling city, creating a liveable, integrated, thriving and mobile city where safe cycling is a daily norm’.
Back in December 2016 we asked residents for your views on cycling in the city to help us create a cycling strategy for the future. We were inundated with hundreds of responses from in and around the city and although we couldn’t include every single suggestion we feel we were able to incorporate many of the brilliant ideas that people put forward into the overall plan.
The Southampton Cycling Strategy for 2017-2027 sets out Southampton City Council’s future plan for investing in, and realising, our vision for cycling so that cycling is treated as a normal form of transport. It outlines the work that has already been undertaken, sets out a plan of proposed improvements to the cycle network and identifies initiatives to realise what benefits cycling can bring to the city.
People told us that they want more cycle paths and lanes, and that safer roads, reduced speeds, less aggressive driving, less traffic and better awareness would help them to cycle more often. This strategy sets out our response to this with an ambitious vision and a delivery plan that has funding for the first three years, to achieve a transformation into a true cycling city.
The initial part of the Cycling Strategy, from 2017 to 2020, will cost £11.5m. This will be funded through a mixture of internal Council funding as well as Government grants from the DEFRA Clean Air Zone, Access Fund Programme and Highways England. As well as this secured funding we will continue to pursue external funding from various sources such as developer contributions, bids to central Government, EU, Solent LEP, and other sectors and organisations.
Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular activity, whether it's for leisure or simply to get around the city. Cycling is a quick, green and healthy way of getting around and we want to transform Southampton into a true cycling city, where cycling is a daily norm not an exception. An increase in cycling will help reduce congestion on roads, improve the air quality in the city and enables people to keep fit.
Find out more about the Cycling Strategy 2017-2020 here.