Have your say on long-term plan that improves walking and cycling in Three Rivers

Press ReleaseUpdated: 26 May 2023Transport and streets

A long-term plan that sets out how walking and cycling can be improved in the Three Rivers District is out for public consultation.

Hertfordshire County Council has been working with Three Rivers District Council to develop a strategic plan to improve walking and cycling over the next 10 years and predominantly link up large residential areas with key destinations.

These are known as a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) and form part of the Government’s strategy to increase the number of trips made on foot or by cycle.

The draft LCWIP prioritises areas across the District that have the greatest potential demand for route upgrades or better accessibility and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

Once a final plan with any revisions is adopted in the future, this will allow the council to support and secure future funding proposals for upgrades to these routes that encourage further walking and cycling.

Cllr Paul Rainbow, Three Rivers District Council’s Lead Member for Transport, said: “Our LCWIP identifies locations to target investment and our resources to improve and increase the number of people walking and cycling.

“We want to see more people walk or cycle for short journeys and rely less on the private vehicle, but in order to make that transition we need to have the right infrastructure in place within the District that is convenient, safe, and enjoyable for people.

“Implementing improved walking and cycling infrastructure will in turn make our District cleaner and greener, which will help the council tackle the climate emergency and reach our net-zero target.

“It is vital that residents, businesses, and stakeholders have their say in the LCWIP consultation and welcome any feedback you may want to give the council.”

Cllr Phil Bibby, Hertfordshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We want cycling and walking to be an easy and convenient choice for people using and visiting our city centres. Receiving feedback on our proposed cycling and walking plan from Three Rivers residents is key to helping develop a framework that provides a greener and safer way to travel.

“Our aim is to offer all residents a cleaner, greener, healthier Hertfordshire. By increasing access to cycling and walking initiatives, we'll help to improve health and air quality, as well as reducing traffic congestion.”

The consultation is open for feedback until 17 July 2023. All feedback will be considered and could influence any changes to the proposals prior to the finalisation and adoption of the Watford and Three Rivers LCWIP.

You can provide your view via the storyboard map and online survey at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/LCWIP-ThreeRivers

You can also give feedback via email at TRDC.LCWIP@Hertfordshire.gov.uk