Recent years have seen a growing interest and popularity in cycling at both a national and local level, alongside recognition of the associated economic, health and environmental benefits.
Growing calls for a joined up approach to increase walking and cycling levels across the Black Country and the wider West Midlands have prompted action from local authorities.
The Black Country councils of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, along with Transport for West Midlands, have developed a Draft Black Country Cycling and Walking Strategy and Implementation Plan.
This builds on recent local investment in cycle lanes, walking facilities and successful initiatives such as Managing Short Trips and the Smart Network, Smarter Choices programme.
The strategy sets out a number of key priorities and objectives for transforming cycling and walking in the Black Country, along with a prioritised investment plan along key routes. Read more in the Executive Summary.
Our vision is to realise the full potential of cycling and walking’s contribution to the health and wealth of the Black Country – creating more sustainable suburbs, towns and cities that are healthier, safer and more desirable place to live, work and learn. Our draft strategy is drawn from the key principles of the wider West Midlands Cycling Charter, which aims to raise levels of cycling to 5% of all trips.
Your comments and views are important to us, and will help shape the final Black Country Cycling and Walking Strategy and Implementation Plan.
Simply complete the online survey by 5pm on Sunday 16th October.Download the complete set of Black Country Walking and Cycling Strategy appendices here.