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Active travel

Short Journeys: walking and cycling


To make walking or cycling the first choice for short journeys we need safe roads, cycle paths and footpaths so people of all ages can enjoy using them. 


Nationally, transport spending currently favours cars over all other forms of transport, including active travel (walking and cycling) so policy changes and investment are required to encourage the transition to active travel. 

Pedestrians from an Ariel View
Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

Shropshire Council has commissioned a Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) focusing on seven market towns during 2022/23.

Proposals include a network of segregated cycle lanes, improved road and paving surfaces, reduced speed limits and safer crossings at road junctions and roundabouts. Implementation takes place over 10 years.

Actions you can take


  • Try using public transport, walking or cycling once a week to replace shorter journeys

  • Share transport as much as possible

  • Consider joining or starting a car or lift-share club

  • Sustrans is a charity which aims to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. They are the  custodian of the National Cycle Network – the UK-wide network of over 12,000 miles of signed paths and routes for walking, wheeling, cycling and exploring outdoors.  And they have lots of tips for getting active by using a bike or walking

  • Shropshire Cycle Hub is a community charity focused on improving access to healthy sustainable transport across Shropshire. Find out about the services they offer including bike servicing, rickshaws and how you can get involved.

Bicycle Lesson
Actions schools can take

  • DfT School Streets programme in Shropshire helps schools to create an active travel plan. See link for more details about the wider initiative.  Not all schools are eligible. The programme is being trialled by 6 schools across the county

  • Bikeability is a national cycle training offer for schools supported by Shropshire Council

  • Living Streets is a UK charity for everyday walking with resources on on Walk to School initiatives

  • Sustrans organises:

  • Big Street Survey is a free curriculum resource enabling pupils to investigate the area around their school and create a manifesto on how to make their streets safer and greener


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