A Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is a long-term (10 year minimum) strategic
plan that sets out local priorities for improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure. In
consultation with local residents and stakeholders, it identifies key routes and zones within a town or group of settlements where new infrastructure and the implementation of more walking and cycling-friendly policies will provide high quality, safer environments for people to get around on foot, wheelchair, mobility scooter and bike.
LCWIPs are ambitious documents, reflective of the latest policies and best practice. Proposals should embody the principles of latest government guidance in the form of Manual for Streets 1 and 2, the Gear Change cycling strategy and cycling design guidance contained in Local Transport Note 1/20. These recognise the community function of streets, promote design based on pedestrian and cyclist desire lines, and encourage permeability for active travel modes in our built environment.
The routes outlined in LCWIPs are not “set in stone”; they are indicative of desire lines and the need for connectivity expressed by existing movement patterns and the needs of the local community. Changes to their exact alignment may well be proposed as a result of detailed feasibility studies or new route opportunities that arise.
It is important to note that the necessity to acquire, or reach access agreements over, private
land has not been viewed as a barrier to potential delivery of a route. However, the inclusion of a route in this plan does not indicate that any agreement has been reached over access; access discussions would form a part of individual route feasibility assessments and design processes undertaken at a later stage.
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