Guildford cycling plan
The Guildford Cycling Plan sets out the practical local implementation of the Surrey Cycling Strategy. It is being developed jointly between Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council. The aim of the Surrey Cycling Strategy, published in 2014, is to get "more people cycling, more safely".
The strategy set out twelve objectives to achieve the aim. One of the objectives is to produce local cycling plans, to be developed by the Local Committee and its partners, which reflect local priorities.
The Cycling Plan covers:
If you wish to make a suggestion please comment on our anonymous form. No personal details are requested from you.
A series of significant cycle improvements have now been completed along the A25 corridor. This includes: upgrades to the existing cycle track between Stoke Road and London Road; the opening of a new section of cycle track between Woodbridge Meadows and Woodbridge Road; and major upgrades to A25/A320 Stoke Crossroads to provide toucan crossing facilities on all four arms of the junction.
These improvements ensure that there is now a continuous off-road 2.5km cycle route along the A25 between London Road and Guildford Business Park.
A new pedestrian and cycle path has been opened along the south of Bannister's field by Guildford Borough Council. The new path is part of the first phase of the Sustainable Movement Corridor project [Guildford Borough Council website], which will make it easier to travel between Surrey Research Park, university campuses and the town centre by walking, cycling and bus.
The Guildford Godalming Greenway, a community driven cycle and walking route between the two towns, was adopted into the Cycle Plan by Guildford Local Committee. Information on the route and the report taken to Local Committee is on the 13 June page under Item 53/18
A new section of cycle track has opened, extending the existing cycle track along the A25 from Wooden Bridge to Surrey Way.
Guildford Borough Council Executive has approved an iconic new gateway bridge. Walnut Bridge will be replaced with a modern wider bridge which will be wide enough to accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians. The new bridge is one of a number of projects being progressed by both Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council as part of the Guildford Town Centre Transport Package, which consists of a number of schemes to encourage walking and cycling to and through the town centre.
Guildford Local Committee approved a list of relatively low-cost cycle facility improvements. These are now undergoing more detailed feasibility investigation. See the full list on the Guildford Local Committee 23 March page - it is item 137/16.
A public consultation of the draft Guildford Cycling Plan was held between the 5 October and the 16 November 2015, following two stakeholder workshops. This was reported to Guildford Local Committee on 8th December 2015. The committee agreed to incorporate the Plan into the Guildford Local Transport Strategy and to have a rolling engagement programme for residents to submit suggestions. You can see full details on the Guildford Local Committee 8 December page. It is item 116/15.
1. Cycle infrastructure
Currently the main planning focus is the development of a cycle facility network for the Borough and we are seeking ideas and comments. A number of Cycling Plan activities are already well-established in Guildford, such as cycle training, promotion and monitoring and we will be pleased to receive suggestions on how to keep on improving them.
'Cycle facilities' are physical measures that improve the safety and convenience of cycling.
You can view a plan of the existing and potential cycle facilities. You can also find guidance on using the map (PDF). Please note that we are working on adding more detail to the map - road crossings, smaller 'point' potential improvements and cycle facilities are to follow. You can comment on one or more of the existing or proposed routes, or add a suggestion for a route that is not shown. To comment, please go to the anonymous form; no personal details are requested from you.
The potential cycle routes have been identified through pre-consultation workshops with community stakeholders, previously identified potential routes and through a Local Committee task group. They are not detailed proposals but identify useful links to access services and provide a cycling option for people who are discouraged by the prospect of cycling on busier roads.
Proposals for new cycle parking locations are not currently included on the map, but please suggest one of more locations if you would like to do so.
Guildford Town Centre Transportation Package
The County has submitted a bid to the Local Enterprise Partnership for funding to create new infrastructure in Guildford town centre, including cycle schemes. You can see more detail on the Guildford Local Committee web page. It is item 115/15.
Guildford Town Centre Masterplan
The Borough has consulted on a draft town centre masterplan. This includes provision for cycling in the town centre
2. Promoting cycling
See our maps and guides for Surrey cycle routes.
Active Surrey is the County's Sports Partnership, developing sport and physical activity. Amongst other aims, Active Surrey seek to increase participation and develop clubs.
The Guildford Bike Project, managed through the charity Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership and funded by partners including Surrey CC and Guildford BC, refurbishes donated bikes at low cost and provides work experience.
3. Cycle training
Surrey County Council provides National Standard cycle training to around 15,000 Surrey residents each year. As well as Bikeability in schools, customised cycle training is available for all ages and abilities. More information is on our cycle training page.
Surrey Wheels for All is a charity (funding bodies include Surrey County Council) offering inclusive cycling sessions on adaptive bikes.
4. Safety campaigns
Drive SMART is a partnership between Surrey Police and Surrey County Council (including Surrey Fire and Rescue Service), with the aim of reducing road casualties, tackling anti-social road behaviour and making the county's roads safer and less stressful for everyone. It includes cycle safety campaigns.
5. Cycling data
This cycling plan will help to determine cycling priorities for the Borough. In addition, we monitor numbers of people cycling, cyclist casualties and have also undertaken an interview survey of a cross-section of the Surrey population exploring the propensity to cycle. Find out more about:
- Automatic cycle counter sites
- Manual cycle counts at railway stations
- County cycling monitoring summary (PDF)
The 2011 census collected journey to work information. The Surrey-i website shows these data broken down for local areas in Surrey.
Have your say!
Please comment on any area of local authority cycling activity including safety campaigns, promotion, cycle training and monitoring activities. An anonymous form has been created for you to comment. No personal details are requested from you. Comments will be collated and taken to the Local Committee task group to be scrutinised. Any updates will be shown on this webpage