Your opinion matters on active travel in Essex


Residents in Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester are invited to give their views on proposed safer, greener, healthier cycling and walking networks.

A survey has been launched to gauge the views of Essex residents towards developing walking and cycling networks called Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs).

These routes will guide and inform the future direction of Essex County Council’s active travel strategy.

Views of residents in Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester are particularly welcome. Residents are being asked whether the routes provide the right local links, whether there are any routes that are important but not shown or if the routes should be extended to reach specific destinations. The consultation will run for eight weeks until 29 September.

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Safer, Greener, Healthier

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

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

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 routes, part of the Active Travel Fund 2 and 4 schemes as well as trialling e-scooters.

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

What we've achieved so far......

We're making Essex safer greener and healthier by...
Making local roads safer by introducing 20mph zones in Colchester, Chelmsford and Braintree
Completed a new two-way cycle track, footway and shared use area within the Vineyard Street car park in Colchester
Have delivered over 5,300 Bikebility training sessions at schools across the county
Have given away 600 bikes a part of the Clacton-Jaywick Pedal Power project and Harwich Pedal Power coming soon
Delivering an interactive air quality education programme for Year 5 pupils to 98 primary schools
Wiinning the Outstanding Contribution to Community Rail Certificate of Excellence (The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership)
Installed pencil bollards, street art and 20's Plenty signage in 3 healthy school street zones in Braintree, Brentwood and Colchester with 2 more coming soon
Awarded approx £100k to cycling groups and charities to support cycling in Essex
Winning the best Community Engagement Programme award at ModeShift 2022 for our work with Essex Pedal Power
Continuing to trial e-scooters with our commercial partner Tier - with around 1.5 million rides taken to date
Launched the secong walking challenge with the GoJaunty app. 213 million steps were taken during the 6-week challenge.
Are you tired of waiting in traffic? Tara was. So she swapped using her car and now enkoys hassle free bus rides.
Our Saving the Day campaign webpage. The aim of the superhero-themed campaign is to raise awareness of the benefits of walking, cycling and travelling by bus.

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New cycling and walking routes delivered across five towns throughout 2022/23 as part of ATF2 with more to follow as part of ATF4.
Find out about the Smarter Travel for Essex Network (STEN) and how it can help businesses and their employees travel more sustainably.
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.