Colne Town Council supports the Slow Ways initiative, having passed a unanimous motion at the Full Council meeting on 15th December 2020 and commits to:
- Appointing one of the councillors, Cllr. Mark Chung, to be a Slow Ways Champion on behalf of Colne Town Council.
- Promoting Slow Ways for local residents to walk, review and use routes
- Including Slow Ways within future planning, policies and initiatives
- Considering where new paths would strengthen the Slow Ways network around Colne
- Encouraging their Councillors and Officers to walk and review a Slow Way after the project is officially launched
- Liaise with local groups to promote and support the Slow Ways project
If you want to find out more about Slow Ways or have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact Cllr. Mark Chung at [email protected].
What is Slow Ways?
Slow Ways is an ambitious initiative to create a comprehensive network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain’s cities and towns as well as thousands of villages.
700 volunteers completed a first draft mapping of the Slow Ways network during the Spring 2020 lockdown. The organisers are now looking for 10,000 volunteers to help walk, review, record and improve the Slow Ways routes. Each Slow Way route connects two neighbouring settlements; routes can be combined for longer journeys. As far as possible routes are direct, off-road, safe, accessible, easily navigable and pass-through settlements with services and public transport hubs. The Slow Ways network – through its unique approach to plotting, mapping and recording routes – aims to make it easier for people to see, plan, enjoy and share walks between places.
Slow Ways will be used for both recreational and functional purposes, aiming to offer reasonably direct walking options backed by trusted route information. This will include walking to visit friends and family, travelling to meetings, going to shops, pilgrimages, charity fundraisers, or travelling to school or work. The average Slow Way route in England and Wales is 12km while in Scotland it is closer to 20km. Hundreds of routes in urban areas are under 5km.
The Slow Ways Initiative has a number of benefits such as:
- improving health and wellbeing by encouraging physical activity for short trips and longer journeys
- helping to mitigate the causes and effects of Covid-19, being part of recovery plans, and offering public transport alternatives
- creating opportunities for people to connect with friends, family and colleagues
- reducing pollution and emissions through active travel options as an alternative to carbon-based transport
- contributing to the decarbonisation of local and national transport systems and helping to address the climate emergency
- connecting people to ‘nearby nature’, heritage, places and communities
- encouraging modal shift – supporting more people to walk more of the time, for more purposes
- providing safe, direct and enjoyable routes between neighbouring towns and cities
- linking active travel to public transport hubs
- promoting greater use of existing paths, trails, networks, and the connections between them
- saving people money by encouraging an inexpensive form of travels
- spreading economic activity by inspiring visits to, and stays in, more places
- sharing a positive, empowering, rewarding and inclusive project at a time of national crisis and recovery
- offering a source of community engagement, focus, identity and pride
- boosting the equity of use of path networks
- increasing the use of currently under-used paths – thereby keeping them open and valued