Essex Highways, Safer, Greener, Healthier
Ă— Essex set to become safer, greener and healthier
29/10/2021
Safer, Greener, Healthier

New walking and cycling schemes to go ahead in five locations across the county.

Exciting new measures to make it easier for residents to walk or cycle have been given the green light today following a decision by Essex County Council.

The new schemes are all part of ECC’s ambition for Essex to become safer, greener and healthier by making it easier and safer for residents to walk or cycle, reducing traffic congestion, cutting air pollution and improving residents’ physical and mental wellbeing.

Consultations recently took place in Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester and Wickford. The findings revealed that over 90% of Essex residents were concerned about traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety. Action to tackle speeding was the highest priority followed by a desire for less traffic overall and for children to be able to play, walk and cycle in their neighbourhood.

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Safer, Greener, Healthier

Welcome to the Safer Greener Healthier campaign web pages. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for people in Essex to travel more sustainably - walking, cycling, e-scootering or taking the bus or train – especially for shorter journeys.

Our vision is to deliver and enable safer, greener and healthier travel for current and future users of the transport network in Essex.

In 2021
Launched our active travel consultation and received over 2500 responses
Approved 5 transformational walking and cycling schemes
Published our walking strategy and ran a Walking for Leisure campaign
Collaborated with the GoJauntly walking app with 124,000 downloads to date
Reprinted 3000 copies of Essex & South Suffolk Railway walks brochure
Ram 8 event trains including 3 bucket and space trains, 1 sea-shanty singing ride, 1 cockney singalong train and 1 birdwatching train
Began transforming areas around our schools to make easier and safer for more pupils to walk, cycle or scoot - starting with Winstree Road in Colchester
Delivered free adult cycling training sessions across the county
Supported the e-cargo bike trial in Colchester: averaging 1046 miles per month and saving 2387kg of CO2 and 93kg of NOx
Trialled e-scooters with our commercial partner Spin - over 600k rides have taken place to date
Safer, Greener, Healthier

Did you know…..?

Up to 43% of car trips in Essex are under three miles, a journey which could, for many people be made on foot (which would take around 30 minutes) or on a bike (a 15-minute ride). 

Our ambition is to:

Create a road environment that is SAFER, encouraging more residents to cycle or walk, especially for shorter journeys.

Work up sustainable transport solutions to ensure that Essex reduces carbon emissions and delivers long-term GREENER benefits.

Deliver long-term public health benefits so that our residents become HEALTHIER.

How are we doing this?

By introducing, supporting and funding various projects across Essex which will encourage and make it easier for people to walk, cycle or scoot more, especially for shorter journeys. These include the introduction of new walking and cycle paths as part of the Active Travel Fund and trialling e-scooters.

Join us to make Essex one of the safest, greenest and healthiest places to live.

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New cycling and walking routes will be delivered across five towns throughout 2022.
As part of the Safer Greener Healthier campaign, we are working on various projects to encourage people to get on their bikes.
Our e-scooter trial across Essex is going from strength to strength.
We want to increase walking across the county, particularly for shorter journeys.
Find out about the Smarter Travel for Essex Network.