Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

We're inviting members of the public to have their say on the forthcoming Shropshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).

What is a local cycling and walking infrastructure plan?

The Shropshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP or ‘Cycling and Walking Plan’ for short) is our long-term plan, aimed at dramatically improving the safety, comfort and attractiveness of walking and cycling in the county.​ The purpose of this plan is to set out a prioritised list of schemes for delivery over the next ten years that will improve walking and cycling infrastructure for Shropshire residents, workers and visitors alike.

The Cycling and Walking plan covers the following towns:

  • Shrewsbury
  • Oswestry/Gobowen
  • Church Stretton
  • Market Drayton
  • Bridgnorth
  • Ludlow
  • Whitchurch

Why are we developing a cycling and walking plan for Shropshire?

In 2017 the UK government published its first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, which encouraged local authorities to prepare their own cycling and walking plans to enable a more strategic approach to improving conditions for cycling and walking.

We want people to feel safe to walk and cycle in Shropshire, enabling us all to be healthier, happier and to reduce the carbon we emit when we travel. By improving access to key destinations, we aim to support equal mobility for all and to enable growth for local businesses. ​All this is brought together in our objectives, which have focused our decisions at every stage of our cycling and walking plan:

  • Zero carbon - Shropshire as a zero carbon county
  • Healthier - healthier living for Shropshire residents
  • Mode shift - reduced congestion and car dependency through embedding walking and cycling as the modes of choice for local and some inter-urban journeys
  • Inclusive - an inclusive network which is accessible, perceived to be safe and enables opportunity for all, regardless of age or ability
  • Sustainable growth - supports sustainable economic growth in Shropshire’s market towns, including the visitor economy

What’s happened so far?

During 2021 and 2022 we undertook a six-stage process through which we developed a draft cycling and walking plan for Shropshire:

1. Determine scope

2. Gather innovative evidence base

3/4. Network planning for walking and cycling

5. Prioritising infrastructure improvements

6. Integration and application

We're now moving on to a stage of public, community and stakeholder engagement.

Alternative ways of finding out about these plans

By its very nature some of the information we're presenting on these pages and linking out to is map-based and therefore not always entirely accessible for all audiences. We're therefore offering the following alternative ways of finding out more about our plans... 

  • Two online webinars covering the proposals for each of the seven towns (6pm on 18 and 25 May)

  • Workshops with schools to get the opinions of children and young people (w/c 19 June, details TBC)

How can you have your say?

The purpose of this public consultation is to gather the views of as many different groups of people within Shropshire as possible. Select your town from the buttons on this page. From there you can view what's proposed in your area and give feedback via a short survey.

LCWIP full report and appendices