Telford & Wrekin Council wants to hear from walkers, runners and cyclists as part of its work to boost more sustainable travel in the borough.

It’s launching a new 10 week consultation today  to get the views of people who use the borough’s footpaths, walkways and cycleways.

Questions include where and how often people walk, run, jog or cycle, how it can be made safer, what would encourage them to start or do it more and where would be the priorities for investment.

Answers to the survey will help shape the council’s new strategy to help the local authority bid for more money to invest in sustainable travel such as cycling, walking and use of public transport and other services including health and wellbeing and road safety education.

Councillor David Wright, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “There has been a big increase in walking and cycling since the start of the pandemic. We had already started to invest in this area, announcing last year the launch of our £2.6m Travel Telford Sustainable Transport fund to support a range of improvements over the following four years.

“In addition, earlier this year through Department for Transport we were able to install 300 cycle stands throughout the borough, then we received further funding to create a new cycle path off the A518 between Muxton and the north of Telford.

“This consultation aims to collect a wide range of views from the public on active travel in Telford. We want to hear from you if you are individual, group or organisation that can support others, wish to increase your active travel or already travel to work, school or in the community by walking or cycling.”

Cllr Carolyn Healy, cabinet member for Visitor Economy, Historic & Natural Environment and Climate Change, said: “The results of this consultation will be used to educate a new Active Travel Strategy, and not only help shape our investment plans through the Travel Telford Sustainable Transport Fund, but also other services that we deliver such as those via Health & Wellbeing and Road Safety Education.

“Improving and investing in sustainable transport will bring a range of benefits for residents and businesses and a real opportunity for long-lasting change.

“It will also encourage more people to use greener ways of getting about, helping to tackle climate change and contributing towards our goal of becoming a carbon neutral borough by 2030.”

Complete the survey HERE