Give your ideas for cycling and walking schemes in Wigan Borough

Give your ideas for cycling and walking schemes in Wigan Borough

Residents are being asked to submit ideas for improved cycling and walking facilities across Wigan Borough to encourage safe travel in line with social distancing.

Wigan Council have published an interactive map online, where residents can leave comments and suggestions by clicking on their desired part of the borough.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux said: “Encouraging people to walk and cycle more has been an ambition of ours for some time. Due to recent restrictions, these have naturally become preferred methods of exercise and travel, so we are keen to build on that over the coming months.

“However, we need to ensure that such facilities are safe to use and allow pedestrians and cyclists to respect each other’s space. We already have some proposals in place but it’s key that residents help us to shape these ideas so we deliver solutions people will use and that make them feel safe.”

The work supports the Safe Streets Save Lives Campaign, which has allocated £5m from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund to help local authorities across the region implement measures to give pedestrians and cyclists more space when travelling.

Some changes were implemented in early June, including temporarily extending pedestrian zone times in Wigan and Leigh town centres, introducing 20mph speed limits on some town centre roads and extending the operating times of bus lanes.

Four new zebra crossings will also be installed in areas across the borough to help pedestrians navigate the roads, especially children and families walking to and from school.

Wigan Council is also working with sister organisation, Inspiring healthy lifestyles, on a bike scheme, allowing key workers to buy bikes at low prices.

Councillor Molyneux added: “The Safe Streets Save Lives campaign and the interactive map are great opportunities to support people to choose cycling and walking as a mode of transport where appropriate.

“We have all had to adapt our lives over recent weeks and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to adapt how they travel. We hope that by implementing such measures, even more people will choose to walk or cycle through the borough.

Other work the council plans to deliver includes installing more cycle storage in key locations and improvements to footways on walking routes to town centres and transport hubs.

Results from the map will be used to help shape the Safe Streets Save Lives work as well as any future schemes.

Posted on Thursday 2nd July 2020

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