Hampshire County Council opened the survey on 6 September for eight weeks and people can take part online at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/strategies/transportstrategies
Anyone who does not use the internet can request a paper copy by calling 0300 555 1388.
Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highway Operations, said: “Hampshire County Council sees LCWIPs as a way to be aspiring and ready for future national funding opportunities to provide improvements in walking and cycling infrastructure, across the county.
“Since the pandemic began, we have seen more people walking and cycling as their preferred means of travel to work and for leisure. We would like to improve walking and cycling facilities and networks to encourage this continuing trend both for the health and wellbeing advantages and for the clear environmental benefits in reducing the number of cars on the road. We’re keen to gather views on this LCWIP plan for the Gosport area from as many people as possible.”
The plan sets out a primary and secondary network of cycle routes together with walking zones for the main settlement centres. Future work will be required to identify more localised routes and zones.
Following on from Hampshire County Council’s Walking Strategy (2016) and Cycling Strategy (2015) the County Council has been working in partnership with active travel charity ‘Sustrans’ and local authorities to develop LCWIPs that will help identify walking and cycling infrastructure at a local, targeted level.
LCWIPs enable a long-term approach (typically 10-year periods) towards developing local cycling and walking networks and form a crucial part of the Government’s ambition to increase the number of trips made by walking and Cycling as part of its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.
Cllr Oppenheimer added: “Having an LCWIP in place means that the County Council in a much better place to bid for funding towards the improvement of walking and cycling related facilities. LCWIPs, which also link with other strategic planning documents and Local Plans, are evidence-led, so gathering relevant information and local views at an early stage is an important step in establishing a successful cycling and walking infrastructure network.”