After a long delay, Cheshire West and Chester Council have finally launched a new Active Travel Forum. The Forum is intended to take action to improve the levels of cycling and walking in the borough, levels which have remained stubbornly low despite some new infrastructure improvements. Forum members are to include representatives from local cycling bodies and walking organisations, together with officers from a number of council departments with relevant responsibilities.
The Campaign welcomes this development and hopes that it will provide the necessary impetus to make a significant change locally, particularly given the benefits of active travel to both individuals and society. These include:
- promoting healthy exercise
- reducing levels of obesity
- reducing congestion on our roads
- reducing carbon dioxide emissions
- reducing noise caused by motor traffic
- improving mental health
- improving social interaction, and
- reducing pressure on scarce city centre parking spaces
To prepare for the launch of the Active Travel Forum, the Campaign produced a document setting out what regard as core principles and approaches that we believe should be reflected in the work of the Form. Check out our vision for the future of cycling as a form of active travel by reading the document below:
We welcome your comments and suggestions on these matters so that we can take them into account in the context of our involvement in the new Forum. Come along to a meeting to discuss, or use the form below to make a comment.