Published: 08 June 2020
Crawley Borough Council is inviting residents, businesses and community groups to identify places where it could be made easier and safer for people to travel on foot and by bicycle, whilst maintaining social distancing.
The council has teamed up with Commonplace to launch a consultation tool to help identify locations that need temporary changes, where we can look at creating more space for walking and cycling or consider ways to reduce the impact of traffic.
We want to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle, to shop at their local neighbourhood parade, to reach their local green spaces, schools and healthcare and to get to work, all the while maintaining social distancing.
Tell us where you would like to see improvements that allow safer travel for essential journeys or for exercise, on foot or by bicycle, by visiting crawleysafertravel.commonplace.is
It’s very quick and easy to use. Just place a pin (or pins) in the map and then tell us what you are commenting on, the issue(s) in the area and what could be done to rectify this.
The council will review every location that is highlighted and prioritise measures at locations where we can deliver the greatest benefit and are the most practical to implement, as well as those that can help key workers to reach their place of work.
The financial impact of the pandemic has been severe, so using our limited resources effectively is critical. Funding is very limited, so possible changes to our streets that are identified will need to be prioritised, and we will only be able to implement a shortlist. Your information will help us focus our efforts in the right places.
It is crucial that we take pressure off roads and public transport and rethink the way we get out and about for essential journeys or exercise. Not only will this help with mental and physical health, but it will help our environment and improve air quality too if more people are walking and cycling. We will use the results from this consultation to plan and roll-out safer transport measures in response to the Covid-19 emergency and the longer-term so please go online and give us your thoughts.
Cllr Gurinder Jhans
Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability
Crawley Borough Council