The Committee received
a progress report on initiatives related to Active Travel. The
Deputy Director – Policy and Strategy presented the report
and summarised the main points, including the recruitment of an
Active Travel Officer, projects specific to active travel under the
Sustainability Action Plan and the Town Investment Plan allocation
for an Active Travel project.
The Deputy Director
responded to questions and comments from Committee Members. In the
ensuing discussion, the following main points were made:
With reference to the new surfaced travel routes around Ronkswood,
it was noted that local Members had not been informed of the
locations. County Council Highways will
be delivering these schemes and will go through their normal
consultation procedure, which includes local Members.
Officers would welcome assistance from Members in promoting the
Active Travel officer position. The job advertisement can be sent
to Members when it has been finalised. It is likely that the post
will be filled by the end of the calendar year.
It is intended that an Active Travel Plan will be presented to a
future meeting of this Committee.
The bike hire scheme is a complex project with a value of several
hundred thousand pounds. It will be subject to further Member
decision. Subject to approval, it is anticipated that it will go
live in Spring 2024.
Officers will assess whether the current restrictions on cycling in
the city centre need to be revised to accommodate the bike hire
Officers will consider whether a scheme for recycling bicycles can
be encapsulated within the Active Travel Plan.
RESOLVED: That the Committee note the content of this report.