A consultation on possible improvements to Wokingham borough’s walking and cycling routes has been extended until Sunday, 4 September.
Wokingham Borough Council is seeking comments on its draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, which suggests possible measures along key routes, and has received over 8,000 comments from more than 1,600 respondents between 11 July and the original closing date of Friday, 19 August.
This was in line with expectations as it was promoted through a news story on the council website, a release to local media, articles in residents' newsletters and a social media campaign which was widely reshared and discussed. The council also directly contacted individuals and community groups who were interested and could help share the news.
However, it understands some people may not have had time to get in touch before the end of the summer holiday and they’re now being urged to make the most of the extended deadline.
The council wants to make walking and cycling easier for everyone and, having learned more about the general challenges people face at a previous consultation in 2021, the next step is getting feedback on specific ideas for different towns and villages.
The LCWIP is a 'high-level' plan outlining the kinds of improvements that could be made over the next decade or so, but doesn't commit the council to implementing all of them. Publishing it will help to secure Government funding but there would be further consultation before any ideas are progressed.
Cllr Paul Fishwick, executive member for active travel, transport and highways, said: “Nothing outlined in this plan is a 'done deal' but we need some idea of the direction we're heading in if we want things to improve in future and we’re pleased to have extended the consultation so more people can take part.
"By creating more opportunities for walking and cycling through a joined-up network of routes, we will reduce the number of vehicles using our roads, especially for shorter trips. This is a long-term, forward-thinking and sustainable strategy for reducing congestion and will make things easier for residents, visitors and businesses.
"More importantly, it will play a major role in improving air quality and tackling the climate emergency through a significant reduction in carbon emissions and other pollutants. As the cost of living continues to rise, and with concerns about obesity and inactivity still widespread, it will also improve access to a healthier and more affordable way of getting about.”
Find out more and respond before 4 September. For alternative formats or help, please contact the council’s customer service team on 0118 974 6000.