Isle of Wight Council

Sports Development Unit

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

Travel Crew

In 2018 the Isle of Wight Council successfully applied to the Department for Transport. We applied for support. We needed support to develop a plan to improve walking and cycling infrastructure. The initial Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) has been developed for;

  • The Ryde gateway
  • Newport town.

In 2021 extra funding was made available to expand LCWIPs to other areas of the Island.

LCWIPs explained

LCWIPs are identified in the government’s strategy. They are a new strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements at a local level. LCWIPs enable a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks. This means local authorities can apply for capital improvement funding, when it is available.

The key outputs of LCWIPs are:

  • A network plan for walking and cycling. The plan will identify preferred routes and core zones for further development.
  • A prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements for future investment.
  • A report which sets out the underlying analysis carried out. It also provides a narrative which supports the identified improvements and network.


By taking this strategic approach to improving conditions for cycling and walking, LCWIPs will help us to:

  • Identify cycling and walking infrastructure improvements. For future investment in the short, medium and long term.
  • Ensure local planning and transport policies and strategies consider cycling and walking.
  • Make the case for future funding for walking and cycling infrastructure.


2021 Grant funding

As a result of the extra funding in 2021 three areas have invested in LCWIPs. This investment means Town and Parish councils are informed about their own areas that could benefit from future funding.