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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 13/09/2004
DRAFT WAVERLEY BOROUGH CYCLING PLAN



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to authorise an updated Cycling Plan to go out to public consultation. The Plan has been produced in conjunction with the Waverley Cycling Forum. It has recently been amended following the comments made by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee in April and endorsed by the Executive in June. This report concentrates on the comments of the Waverley Cycling Forum, find attached a letter received from the Chairman of Waverley Borough Cycle Forum at Annexe A, in response to the resolution of the Executive, and the changes that have been made to the Draft Plan. The Draft Cycling Plan and its associated annexes are attached as Annexe B to this report.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
Positive
Positive
N/A
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive


APPENDIX F
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
13TH SEPTEMBER 2004
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Title:
DRAFT WAVERLEY BOROUGH CYCLING PLAN
[Wards Affected: N/A]
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Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to authorise an updated Cycling Plan to go out to public consultation. The Plan has been produced in conjunction with the Waverley Cycling Forum. It has recently been amended following the comments made by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee in April and endorsed by the Executive in June. This report concentrates on the comments of the Waverley Cycling Forum, find attached a letter received from the Chairman of Waverley Borough Cycle Forum at Annexe A, in response to the resolution of the Executive, and the changes that have been made to the Draft Plan. The Draft Cycling Plan and its associated annexes are attached as Annexe B to this report.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
Positive
Positive
N/A
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive

Cycling is an environmentally benign form of transport with important health benefits for people of all ages. Cycling has the potential to cater for many more journeys than it does at present, particularly shorter distance trips where it can provide a genuine alternative to the car.

E-Government implications:

It is intended that the Cycling Plan will be available to view on the Council’s website, both during the consultation period and once formally adopted.

Resource and legal implications:

There are resource implications arising both from the consultation and publication of the document itself, and the implementation of the various Action Points. The principal funding would be likely to come via Surrey County Council through the implementation of the LTP. In addition to this, funding opportunities will arise from both other relevant agencies (such as the railway operators) and through developer contributions arising from major planning schemes where cycle accessibility is an issue.
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Introduction and Background

1. The background to the draft Cycling Plan, its main elements and the policy context are all contained in the reports to the Environment Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 24th May, and the Executive on the 15th June.

2. At the meeting in May the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee made certain observations on the Draft Cycling Plan. Firstly it considered that there was a need, where practicable, for segregated and dedicated cycle routes to provide safe routes to encourage people to cycle more. It made the suggestion of utilising the footpath and bridleway network, but accepted that this provision could be costly. Secondly, the Committee felt that cyclists should be trained and “proficient” when cycling on the roads and proposed some form of training programme for adult cyclists.

3. These comments were endorsed by the Executive at its meeting on 15th June. It resolved that the Draft Waverley Borough Cycling Plan be approved as a basis for public consultation, subject to authorising the Director of Planning and Development to incorporate the comments of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee in consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Planning and Leisure.

Consideration by the Waverley Cycling Forum

4. The matter was reconsidered by the Waverley Cycling Forum at its meeting on 8th July. As a result, the Draft Cycling Plan and the associated Action Plan have both been amended. In response to the resolution of the Executive, the Forum agreed that it was a good idea to amend the Draft Cycling Plan to include a reference to Cycle training. This is dealt with in a new Objective 11 in the Draft Plan, together with the addition of associated actions in the Action Plan.

5. With regard to the issue of segregated and dedicated cycle routes and the use of footpaths and bridleways, the Forum agreed that Objective 1 in the draft plan be amended to include reference to various options including utilising footpaths and bridleways. The revised Objective 1 now states:-
6. In terms of the principle of segregated cycle routes, the Forum could not agree with this proposed revision. It was pointed out that cyclists cannot always go “off-road” as the routes are not available. There was also a concern that, by seeming to promote segregated cycle routes above other options, it implied that cyclists had less right to use the road. The Forum also pointed out that the suggestion that segregated routes should be seen as a priority, was at odds with national guidance. As part of the National Cycling Strategy (NCS), the Department of Transport has sponsored the development of national guidance: “cycle-Friendly Infrastructure Guidelines for Planning and Design” and “Traffic Advisory Leaflet (TAL) 7/98 – “Guidelines for Cycle Audit and Cycle Review”. These guidelines define a hierarchy of solutions from traffic calming through to off-road, which should be applied when designing schemes to meet the needs of cyclists. Having regard to this guidance and the hierarchy of solutions, the Forum was unable to agree that particular emphasis should be given to segregated and dedicated cycle routes. These are regarded as one of a range of solutions to meet the needs of cyclists.

Changes to the Draft Cycling Plan

7. The Draft Cycling Plan and the associated Action Plan have been changed in order to address the comments made by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Executive. In addition, the Forum has taken the opportunity to update the Action Plan and to attach it as an Annexe, rather than having it within the main body of the Cycling Plan. This was done so that the Action Plan can be reviewed and updated annually, without the need to change the Cycling Plan itself.

8. The changes to the Draft Cycling Plan and Action Plan (compared to those previously considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Executive) can be summarised as follows:-

New paragraph 2.3 explaining the national guidance in relation to the hierarchy of solutions; Overarching Aim expanded to include the following: “….and to give real travel choice by providing opportunities for cycling.”

Objective 1 expanded (see above);

New Objective 11 relating to cycle training (together with appropriate Action Points in the Action Plan);

Action Plan separated as an Annexe and paragraph 5.1 of the Plan amended accordingly, including a reference to the Action Plan being kept under regular review;

Updating of timescales for various Action Points contained in the Action Plan;

Objective 1, Action Point 3 – minor change to wording;

Objective 2, Action Points 3 & 4 – some changes to wording;

Objective 6, Action Point 1 – deleted;

Objective 6, Action Point 2 – amended wording (now Action Point 1);

Objective 6, Action Point 3-amended wording (now Action Point 2);

Objective 9, Action Point 2 – deleted;

Objective 9, Action Point 3 – amended wording (now Action Point 2);

Objective 10, Action Point 3 – deleted;

Objective 10, Action Point 4 – amended wording (now Action Point 3);




Conclusions

9. It is the intention that the Cycling Plan, when adopted, will have the status of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and will, therefore, be taken into account when dealing with relevant planning proposals. The intention, at this stage, is to obtain approval of the modified Draft Cycling Plan as the basis for public consultation.



Recommendation

It is recommended that the Draft Waverley Borough Cycling Plan be approved as a basis for public consultation.

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Background Papers (DoPD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Graham Parrott Telephone: 01483 523472

E-mail: gparrott@waverley.gov.uk



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