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New walking and cycling plan approved

A new strategy to increase walking and cycling has been approved by Lancashire County Council’s cabinet.

The ambitious plan, called Actively Moving Forward sets out to:

• Double the number of people cycling
• Increase the amount that people walk by 10%. Particularly by increasing the percentage of children aged between 5 and 10 who usually walk to and from school
• Reduce levels of physical inactivity across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn, so they fall below the national average

The aim is to achieve these targets by 2028.

This strategy has been put together by Lancashire County Council, in partnership with Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council, following a consultation with local people and other partners, which took place last year.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It’s crucial we do all we can to encourage people to walk and cycle and this strategy is a key part of our plans.

“It sets out how we can encourage cycling and walking to be people’s preferred method of getting around, whether it’s to and from work and school, or for leisure.

“The strategy will help us reduce congestion and improve air quality, improve physical activity levels, improve access to jobs and support economic growth across the county.

“We already have some superb facilities across the county, such as the Guild Wheel in Preston and Crook O’ Lune cycle way near Lancaster, and the strategy looks at how we can make the best use of them.

“It’s also about investing in new facilities and improvements, making Lancashire a safer place to cycle and walk, encouraging more people to walk and get out and about on their bike.

“Now we’ve agreed the strategy, we need to ensure our colleagues at Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Councils are happy with it, before it is finalised.”

For more information about the cycling and walking strategy, visit the following link and see agenda item 9: council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MId=7451

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