Greater opportunities for cycling and walking in Runnymede

25/5/21

Cycling plan

New walking and cycling routes in Runnymede could be created thanks to joint working between Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

A new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for the Borough is being developed by the county council which Runnymede Borough Council is supporting.

Based on latest guidance and best practice, the plan will help identify where new or improved walking and cycling facilities would be most beneficial and the type of facilities that are most appropriate.

Once established, this plan will provide a key tool for deciding how to prioritise future improvement works in the borough.

We want to hear from you

Surrey County Council is keen to get your input into the development of the plan for Runnymede. 

Please use the interactive walking and cycling suggestions map to highlight local issues that make it difficult to walk or cycle in your area as well as improvements that you would like to see. The closing date for comments is Sunday 13 June.

If you have identified a problem that is specifically related to a fault with existing facilities such as a pothole, you should instead report this through SCC's tell us about a highway issue page.

The county council will not respond to individual walking and cycling suggestions but will consider all feedback received during the development of the plan. It is aware that several national walking and cycling campaign groups have similar maps of suggestions contributed by members of the public and will also consider these.

Delivering the improvements

Improvements that are identified in the completed plan will be taken forward in future projects, subject to funding and feasibility.  These improvements will be in addition to improvements being delivered via major transport projects and localised highway improvements.

Why invest in walking and cycling?

Nationally, it is the Government's ambition to make walking and cycling the natural choice for shorter journeys, as well as short sections of longer journeys, like cycling to a railway station.

Increased rates of walking and cycling have the potential to bring economic and public health benefits to local communities in Runnymede, in addition to providing significant carbon reduction benefits.

Forty-six per cent of Surrey's carbon emissions are transport-related and, as part of its Climate Change Strategy, the county council is investing in initiatives and infrastructure to encourage more people to walk and cycle is an important priority.

Cllr Marisa Heath, Chair of Runnymede Borough Council's Environment and Sustainability Committee and Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "Doing one form of exercise a day can have such a positive impact on your mental and physical wellbeing and it's been great to see many residents utilising the open spaces in Runnymede safely this past year.

"I'm delighted to back this initiative which will support local people to get active and enjoy walks with family and friends in new parts of our Borough whilst also enhancing our environment."