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Walking and cycling

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Walsall Council Cycling Strategy: LCWIP and Starley Network 

West Midlands Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) 

In 2018, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) were awarded a grant from Department for Transport (DfT) to develop a West Midlands Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), on behalf of the 7 constituent West Midlands Local Authorities. Walsall Council worked closely with TfWM on these plans to identify key cycle routes and core walking zones in the Walsall borough, which should be developed in the future to encourage Active Travel and economic growth/development. Walsall to Willenhall was identified as a Core Walking Zone (CWZ) in the LCWIP. Other areas in Walsall identified in the LCWIP to have ‘a high modal share of walking and cycling’ included Darlaston, Willenhall, Bloxwich, Caldmore, Brownhills and Pelsall. 

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of Active Travel (cycling and walking) has gained more recognition than ever. Since lockdown, in March 2020, there has been a significant increase in the number of people cycling and walking throughout the region. Consequently, TfWM decided to take a fresh look at the West Midlands LCWIP, to see how Local Authorities could better communicate their future cycling and walking plans to residents in the West Midlands. 

The Starley Network  

Walsall Council is currently working in partnership with TfWM to help relaunch the West Midlands strategic cycling and walking vision with a new name; ‘Starley Network’. The Starley Network is named after the Coventry-based Starley family. The family are widely considered to have founded the bicycle industry, with John Starley himself being the inventor of the modern bike. The key message will be ‘Starley Network: At the heart of a greener, healthier region.’ By participating in this regional re-brand, Walsall Council aims to increase public awareness of our active travel plans and ultimately get more people cycling and walking. 

Find out more about the Starley Network.

Walsall’s Starley Network will include:  

  • The West Midlands LCWIP locations (key cycling corridors and core walking zones) 
  • Emergency Active Travel Funding (EATF) projects   
  • National Cycling Network routes (such as the NCN5) 
  • The canal towpath network 

The West Midlands LCWIP  

As part of the COVID-19 announcements on the 9th May 2020, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a £2 billion package to create ‘a new era for cycling and walking’. It is hoped that this announcement may present new opportunities for Walsall Council to bid for development funding for the key cycle routes and core walking zones in Walsall, identified in the West Midlands LCWIP, as well as bring forward existing schemes. 

Walsall Council is also currently working with Sandwell Council and Birmingham City Council to develop a cycling route along one of the key cycling corridors identified in Walsall’s LCWIP, using Transforming Cities Funding.

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Emergency Active Travel Funding (EATF) 

In June 2020, Walsall Council successfully applied for the first round (Tranche 1) of Emergency Active Transport Funding from Central Government. Tranche 1 Emergency Active Travel Funding (EATF) was designed to help local authorities install temporary interventions, to create a safer environment for both cycling and walking (Active Travel). Walsall’s EATF T1 measures included: a pedestrian and cycle friendly zone at Wolverhampton Street, new cycle parking in Walsall Town Centre, School Streets in Local/District Centres and re-signing/re-lining of existing cycle infrastructure throughout the borough.  

Find out more about Walsall’s Emergency Active Travel Funding projects.

National Cycling Network routes  

Walsall Council has already secured funding to improve parts of the National Cycle Network Route 5 (NCN5), between Pelsall and Walsall Town Centre/Arboretum, through the West Midlands ‘Better Streets’ community initiative. This work is due to take place in 2020/21 and 2021/2022, in partnership with Sustrans.  

Find out more about the National Cycle Network.

The Canal Towpath Network 

Extensive towpath improvements have recently been delivered in Walsall through the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) in 2018/19 & 2019/20. However, work on a couple of these schemes is still ongoing. In the future, Walsall Council aims to continue to work in partnership with the Canal and River Trust (CRT) to deliver further improvements to Walsall’s canal towpaths.  

Find out more about the NPIF towpath work.

West Midlands Roll and Stroll Campaign

Also, check out Active Travel projects and improvements being rolled out across the West Midlands, during the Big Summer of Cycling & Walking! There is something for all to enjoy at #RollnStroll. Find out more about the campaign.