Cycling is important to Essex. It is more than just a pastime for a dedicated few, or a cheap mode of transport; it is a solution to the problem of congestion in our towns and poor health in our society. It contributes to an improved quality of life, a stronger economy and an enhanced environment. It brings people together and gives them freedom. It facilitates urban renewal and encourages sustainability. On top of that, it’s great fun! Essex County Council recognises the importance of cycling, both to individuals and to the county as a whole, and is committed to facilitating its growth.
The purpose of this strategy is to set out the key elements of a long term plan that will lead to a significant and sustained increase in cycling in Essex, establishing it in the public’s mind as a ‘normal’ mode of travel, especially for short a-to-b trips, and as a major participation activity and sport for all ages.
The strategy has been produced in conjunction with Essex County Council, the 12 Essex Districts/Boroughs, the two Unitary Authorities (Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock) and other key stakeholders.