Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

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What is the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)?

The LCWIP will be BCP Council's long-term strategic plan setting out the cycling and walking vision and the infrastructure that is required across the area.

To share your ideas, please fill in a survey and drop a pin on our interactive maps below.

Why are we doing this?

BCP Council, along with partner organisations, was successful in securing £79m from central government for improvements to cycling, walking and public transport infrastructure. This £100m+ investment will deliver transformational change, enabling people to travel sustainably and is funded by the government's Transforming Cities Fund. However, it only covers the period to 2023. BCP Council is now planning for the longer-term.

The LCWIP will identify the improvements required to create a joined-up network of cycling and walking routes across the BCP area, and will set out the delivery plans for the period beyond 2023.

Why is the LCWIP important?

In 2020 government published Gear Change, setting out bold plans to see a step-change in cycling and walking across England. Government expects councils to prepare an LCWIP to be eligible for future transport funding. The BCP LCWIP will demonstrate that the Council has developed a strategic plan for investment, based on technical evidence and with inputs from the public and key stakeholders.

What will the LCWIP include?

The LCWIP will set out:

  • Plans of the proposed network of the most important cycling and walking routes for BCP;
  • A programme of infrastructure improvements; and
  • A clear report, explaining the evidence and the work done to develop the LCWIP.

What will the LCWIP not include?

  • Specific designs for proposed interventions;
  • Detailed financial spending programmes; and
  • Detailed timeframes.

These will be developed as future funding opportunities become available.

What are the benefits of delivering the LCWIP proposals?

  • Supporting the economy, by providing safe alternative travel options and addressing congestion;
  • Enabling short journeys by making cycling and walking safer, more convenient and accessible to all;
  • Improving health and quality of life, by enabling people to be more active in everyday life;
  • Tackling climate change and improving air quality;
  • Creating safer streets and more pleasant neighbourhoods;
  • Enhancing the tourism offer of the area; and
  • Preserving and enhancing the area's world-class natural environment.

Why are we engaging now?

We have already considered feedback from the TCF engagement and the widenmypath.com website. The LCWIP is currently in development and BCP Council is seeking your input at this early stage. We would like your views on:

  • the draft cycling and walking networks
  • the most important improvements to make BCP better for cycling and walking
  • which routes to deliver next, and why?
  • places that would benefit from better road crossings to enable safer cycling and walking journeys
  • places for new or extra cycle parking
  • transport-related issues in your street where you live

To have your say, please fill in a survey and drop a pin on our interactive maps.

When and where will the changes be?

The LCWIP is a long-term framework which will guide future investment in walking and cycling infrastructure over the next 3 to 20 years (after the Transforming Cities Fund schemes are delivered). Each proposed improvement would be subject to consultation and engagement on the detailed design, to consider the most suitable solution for each area. The Council will balance the needs of all users and all forms of transport. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.

What are the next steps?

This represents our initial public engagement. Your feedback will inform the draft LCWIP, which will then be formally consulted on in summer 2021. Once the LCWIP is adopted by the Council schemes can start being developed, subject to funding.

What is the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)?

The LCWIP will be BCP Council's long-term strategic plan setting out the cycling and walking vision and the infrastructure that is required across the area.

To share your ideas, please fill in a survey and drop a pin on our interactive maps below.

Why are we doing this?

BCP Council, along with partner organisations, was successful in securing £79m from central government for improvements to cycling, walking and public transport infrastructure. This £100m+ investment will deliver transformational change, enabling people to travel sustainably and is funded by the government's Transforming Cities Fund. However, it only covers the period to 2023. BCP Council is now planning for the longer-term.

The LCWIP will identify the improvements required to create a joined-up network of cycling and walking routes across the BCP area, and will set out the delivery plans for the period beyond 2023.

Why is the LCWIP important?

In 2020 government published Gear Change, setting out bold plans to see a step-change in cycling and walking across England. Government expects councils to prepare an LCWIP to be eligible for future transport funding. The BCP LCWIP will demonstrate that the Council has developed a strategic plan for investment, based on technical evidence and with inputs from the public and key stakeholders.

What will the LCWIP include?

The LCWIP will set out:

  • Plans of the proposed network of the most important cycling and walking routes for BCP;
  • A programme of infrastructure improvements; and
  • A clear report, explaining the evidence and the work done to develop the LCWIP.

What will the LCWIP not include?

  • Specific designs for proposed interventions;
  • Detailed financial spending programmes; and
  • Detailed timeframes.

These will be developed as future funding opportunities become available.

What are the benefits of delivering the LCWIP proposals?

  • Supporting the economy, by providing safe alternative travel options and addressing congestion;
  • Enabling short journeys by making cycling and walking safer, more convenient and accessible to all;
  • Improving health and quality of life, by enabling people to be more active in everyday life;
  • Tackling climate change and improving air quality;
  • Creating safer streets and more pleasant neighbourhoods;
  • Enhancing the tourism offer of the area; and
  • Preserving and enhancing the area's world-class natural environment.

Why are we engaging now?

We have already considered feedback from the TCF engagement and the widenmypath.com website. The LCWIP is currently in development and BCP Council is seeking your input at this early stage. We would like your views on:

  • the draft cycling and walking networks
  • the most important improvements to make BCP better for cycling and walking
  • which routes to deliver next, and why?
  • places that would benefit from better road crossings to enable safer cycling and walking journeys
  • places for new or extra cycle parking
  • transport-related issues in your street where you live

To have your say, please fill in a survey and drop a pin on our interactive maps.

When and where will the changes be?

The LCWIP is a long-term framework which will guide future investment in walking and cycling infrastructure over the next 3 to 20 years (after the Transforming Cities Fund schemes are delivered). Each proposed improvement would be subject to consultation and engagement on the detailed design, to consider the most suitable solution for each area. The Council will balance the needs of all users and all forms of transport. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.

What are the next steps?

This represents our initial public engagement. Your feedback will inform the draft LCWIP, which will then be formally consulted on in summer 2021. Once the LCWIP is adopted by the Council schemes can start being developed, subject to funding.

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Interactive cycling network map

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The interactive map shows the proposed cycling route network with: 

  • Dark blue lines indicating the most important, or primary, cycle routes; 
  • Light blue straight lines indicating areas where route options need to be assessed and are subject to agreement with landowners;  
  • Lines edged in pink indicating parts of the seafront where summer restrictions on cycling apply;
  • Orange lines indicating secondary cycle routes. This is includes some areas (denoted by brown lines) where route options need to be assessed and are subject to agreement with landowners

Please drop a pin on the interactive map to provide us with comments on: 

  • routes which should be added to or amended on the proposed primary and secondary cycling network; 
  • locations for new or extra cycle parking; and
  • locations for new or improved road crossings. 
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Interactive walking network map

20 days

The interactive map shows: 

  • Pink lines indicating the proposed network of Key Walking Routes;
  • Dark blue lines indicating the boundaries of the proposed Tier 1 Core Walking Zones covering the town centres of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Thin light blue lines indicate places which are within a 2km of a Tier 1 Core Walking Zone; 
  • Dark orange lines indicating the proposed Tier 2 Core Walking Zones covering the district centres across BCP. Thin orange lines indicate places which are within 1km distance of a Core Walking Zone. 

Please drop a pin on the interactive map by adding pins to provide us with comments on: 

  • Additions and / or amendments to the proposed Key Walking Network routes; and
  • Locations for new or improved road crossings.