In a guest Insight for Transport for the North, Dwayne Lowe, Head of Highways, Transport and Network at Blackburn with Darwen Council outlines how the borough is promoting active travel to support a pathway to a greener future.
“Blackburn with Darwen sees a future where walking and cycling are first choice methods for shorter journeys and enjoying local communities in a safe and healthy way.
Improving access and uptake of walking and cycling within Blackburn with Darwen is an agenda that cuts across a number of important council priorities. Striving for higher rates of walking and cycling in the borough complements multiple varied ambitions, including priorities around physical activity, improving road safety, becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and sustainably improving connectivity within this growing borough.
As we move into the recovery phase of the pandemic, increasing walking and cycling is part of building a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous borough.
Blackburn with Darwen’s ‘Walking and Cycling Plan’ aims to coordinate efforts by various stakeholders to increase walking and cycling uptake within the borough.
The Plan’s aims complement national, regional and local priorities in the realms of health and wellbeing, air quality, climate change, road safety, planning and transport.
Fundamental to Blackburn with Darwen’s approach are the following principles: taking a life course approach, aiming to increase access and reduce inequalities in walking and cycling uptake and focusing on joined up and partnership working.”
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