A new survey has been launched by Watford Borough Council that explores the cycling habits of Watford residents...
Findings will be used to inform the Mayor’s sustainable transport plan for the town which includes several cycling schemes and projects that aim to encourage more people to get on their bikes.
‘Whether you are a committed or a fair weather cyclist, or someone who has put the bike away but is keen to get pedalling again, or if you currently wouldn’t dream of ever getting on a bike we want to hear from you’ says Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor - ‘It’s important that we understand better what would make residents leave the car behind and start cycling again.’
Residents who take part in the survey will also be asked to share their views on a proposed new bike share scheme for the town, with cycles available for hire at various locations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The scheme will help support the provision of sustainable transport as Watford grows. This is essential given the increasing pressure on the transport network in the borough and particularly in light of the growth expected, with the government asking Watford to build around 800 new homes every year.
There are already a number of new cycling schemes and improved facilities that have been introduced across the town as part of the Mayors sustainable transport plan. These include new cycling facilities at Watford Junction, 11 new cycle racks along the High Street and dedicated cycle lanes in the town centre that make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to navigate through the town.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said, “During the election campaign, I talked about improving our public transport, so I am pleased that we are making progress with this. Our town is growing and we need to make sure that we have better transport options. I’m determined to make our town a safer for people who cycle. Their views are really important to this process. I hope residents are able to get involved and take a few minutes to complete this survey.”
The survey can be completed at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Cycle-Survey-2019. We are offering three £50 vouchers for intu Watford to those who take part in the survey. Residents can also have their say at the next cycling forum being held in March.
The review of cycling in Watford is part of two exciting proposals to encourage sustainable transport in Watford, including residents being able to climb aboard a flexible on-demand bus service or hire a bike at one of Watford’s cycling docks.