Draft West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016 - 2026

Closed 22 Jun 2016

Opened 25 May 2016

Feedback Updated 8 Jul 2016

We Asked

We asked whether you supported specific elements of our Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016-2026. 388 responses were received, including 27 from organisations such as walking groups, cycling groups, and parish councils. 

You Said

92.5% supported the strategy objectives
81.2% supported our approach to infrastructure design and safety
82.2% supported our behavioural change activities (e.g. cycle training, promotion of sustainable travel)
74.5% supported our approach to identifying potential infrastructure improvements
74.2% supported our proposed action plan
42.3% told us they thought something was missing from the strategy

Several respondents provided helpful comments or expressed concerns. These covered a wide range of topics and are summarised in the consultation report above.

We Did

The draft strategy has been updated in response to your comments. Amendments include:
• Clearly stating that any new infrastructure installed will be designed to cater for all non-motorised users, including wheelchair users, the elderly, people with mobility impairments, mobility scooter users, trike users, and cycles with trailers.
• Clarifying that all objectives have equal status (numbering does not reflect their importance).
• Making Objective 4 clearer, to illustrate how walking and cycling support economic development
• Linking with public transport
• Stating that we are also developing an asset management strategy that will ensure that roads, pavements and cycleways are safe and available for use and repaired at the most economically advantageous time
• Removed some of the superfluous technical information in Chapter 5
• Removed duplicate schemes from the list in the appendix. We have also changed the term ‘Rate No.’ to ‘Scheme ID’ as a number of respondents thought the ‘Rate No.’ reflected the scheme’s priority ranking.
• Providing examples of recent behavioural change initiatives and their results as an additional appendix to the strategy
• Providing information about segmentation tools that will help to inform funding bids as an additional appendix to the strategy

The next steps: The draft strategy was presented to the Environmental and Community Services Select Committee on Friday 8th July. Members agreed their support for the strategy and to recommend it for adoption by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. Cabinet Member decision will follow in due course.

Results Updated 8 Jul 2016



Walking and cycling are low cost modes of travel that have the potential to replace a significant proportion of motorised journeys. Modal shift from motor transport (and in particular private cars) to active modes can reduce traffic congestion, improve journey reliability, and reduce carbon emissions linked to climate change. Moreover, walking and cycling have numerous health benefits including: reducing levels of obesity and related conditions such as diabetes and coronary heart disease, improving poor air quality which is estimated to hasten around 40,000 deaths per year in the UK, reducing stress, contributing to mental wellbeing, and improving healthy life expectancy. Walking and cycling can also help to boost the local economy and reduce societal costs associated with sedentary living, mitigating air pollution, and adapting to climate change.

Why We Are Consulting

We are seeking people’s views on our draft Walking and Cycling Strategy which covers the period 2016 to 2026.

The draft strategy sets out our approach to promoting and enabling walking and cycling as part of the transport mix. It explains how we have prioritised a list of instrastructure improvement schemes that have been suggested by walking, cycling and equestrian groups, parish and district councils, the South Downs National Park Authorirty, and other stakeholders as part of a pre-consulatation exercise.

The final strategy will serve as a framework that will enable the Council to bid for funding in order to deliver the priority schemes (subject to feasibility studies).

You can view the Draft West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016 - 2026 (PDF) by clicking the 'Related Documents' link AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. Paper copies are available to view at West Sussex libraries. If you need this information in an alternative format please email walkingandcycling@westsussex.gov.uk.



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