Cycleways, in conjunction with Clean Air for Leamington Spa and Clean Air Warwick, have launched their Visionary Cycle Network for Warwick District.

Recognising the health and environmental benefits of cycling, three local groups are spearheading the campaign for the creation of a comprehensive network of safe cycling paths in Warwick District.

56% of car journeys are under 5 miles and 49% of people in Warwick District work less than 3 miles from their home, distances that most people could easily cycle with the right infrastructure. Many who want to cycle can't because of a lack of safe and continuous cycling routes.

Susan Rasmussen, Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa and member of Clean Air for Leamington Spa said, “If we could encourage more people to cycle rather than take the car for short journeys it would significantly reduce pollution in our town centres, as well as making them healthier, happier places. There is clearly a demand for it amongst the people I speak to on a daily basis.”

They have included a map of the proposed network created by Cycleways member and Transport Planner Mark Lever, which illustrates the scale of ambition.

He said, "By organising the existing, planned and aspirational routes into a single Tube-style network I wanted to create an identity that could help the community push for better infrastructure, greater investment and joined-up planning. Many of the proposed routes seem to have been talked about for years.

"The more I've spoken to people about this idea, the more potential I've realised it has. There is a real desire for exceptional cycle facilities that will encourage a shift to sustainable travel but also help those who need to travel by other means. By getting people onto their bikes on properly segregated routes it leaves more space on the roads for those who need to travel by car and reduces conflicts with pedestrians."

Tony Lewenz, Chair of Cycleways said: ”Provision for cycling in our district could be so much better - existing routes do not join up and little of it meets the vision laid down by Government in Gear Change, their vision for cycling.

“We feel it is time to release our Visionary Cycle Network now as Warwickshire County Council are developing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and updating their Local Transport Plan. We are launching our manifesto today with that foremost in our minds but we want to work with the community, businesses and other organisations to push for radical interventions that will encourage and enable more people to get on their bikes.

“Our Visionary Cycle Network aligns with government policies in “Decarbonising Transport” and “Gear Change” and fully supports Warwick District and County Councils' Climate Emergency Declarations.


The full Visionary Cycle Network for Warwick District can be viewed here or through the Facebook page .

3 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Donkor on 10 July 2021 at 11:13 am

    I’m fully behind people cycling instead of using a car. However as someone who walks I hope that these new cycle paths will be separate from walkers. Over the past year I have quite frequently had a cyclist come up behind me with no warning ring of their bell. This should be a common curtesy when they are sharing the same space. It’s easy to stray from the pedestrian side onto the cycle route. Sometimes this is unavoidable because of low branches, possibly brambles on the walkers side. [Note to council to make sure bushes are not obstructing paths].
    Let’s have more people cycling but please consider those who walk.



    • ewan on 11 July 2021 at 9:48 am

      We agree and this is also what Government Guidance says. Shared paths may be acceptable in areas where there are low volumes of both walkers and cyclist, but in general Cycleways should be clearly segregated for both traffic and pedestrians.

      As for overhanging branches this is a problem for cyclist too. For example much of the cyclist’s side of the path down Tachbrook Rd is currently obstructed by overhanging branches



    • Mark Adams on 11 July 2021 at 11:49 am

      I’m 15 weeks into my painful recovery from a tibial plateau fracture because a pedestrian stepped out in front of my bike as I headed to Newbold Comyn. We were on a road – not a pathway – that had no segregation; and speed-bumps that are entirely unsuitable for bikes. The impact with the speed-bump shattered my leg.