To support our Local Transport Plan, and in line with the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS), our Safer Travel team has created an ambitious draft Local Walking Cycling and Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).
With 24% of all journeys to work less than 2km, there is significant potential to increase the number of those walking in the city. More people walking instead of driving means reduced congestion, better air quality and improved levels of fitness.
To prioritise walking we will reallocate road space to provide high-quality walking routes. Each route has been audited based on its attractiveness, comfort, directness and safety. As the quality of some of these routes is poor, they may not currently have high numbers of people travelling on foot, but the potential for increasing the number of short journeys are high if they are found to be easy, convenient and safe to do so.
Route4U is an app-based system that allows people with reduced mobility to plan their travel routes with ease.
Portsmouth was the first city in the UK to sign up to the pavement navigation app and information system, allowing residents to identify safer and more accessible routes across the city.
Users can plan their journey using a route map and navigation system. The app also indicates pavement obstacles, surface quality, kerb heights, widths, inclines, and travel distances. It provides route planning and turn-by-turn navigation for wheelchair users, and can be customised to each person’s own abilities.
The system also helps our transport planners when designing, maintaining and improving pavements in Portsmouth. User feedback enables officers to access information about the most problematic areas, enabling them to prioritise pavement maintenance work.