THE challenge of increasing walking and cycling across the Stroud district was given centre stage at a special meeting of organisations and community groups.
Town and parish councils, cycling advocacy groups and district councillors heard from a range of expert speakers who covered how to identify and implement walking and cycling projects, how councils can help and the role town and parish councils can play.
There were also updates on public rights of way, Bikeability training sessions and the Bike Drop project in Stroud, at the meeting chaired by district councillor and environment committee vice chair Robin Drury-Layfield last Friday, November 18.
“This event was about bringing our partners together to share local knowledge and understanding, to inspire and enthuse each other, and to drive forward our mission of ‘modal shift’ – the move towards ending our dependency on fossil fuels, reducing our carbon emissions, whilst improving our air quality, and our mental and physical health,” he said.
SDC environment committee chair Chloe Turner added: “With partners, we have invested in upgrading the walking and cycle route between Nailsworth, Stroud and Stonehouse but much more needs to be done to support walking and cycling as a viable everyday alternative to car use.
"That is why supporting the development of an integrated active travel (walking and cycling) and public transport network in collaboration with county and regional partners is an objective of our Council Plan."
At the event, town and parish councils were asked what they could do for active travel and the top response was […]
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