Creating a true cycling city
We launched our ten year strategy in 2017 to transform cycling in Southampton. We're only two years in but we've already made some big improvements to the Southampton Cycle Network (SCN). Here's an update on where we're creating high quality, consistent and safe cycle routes in 2019.
Works on the SCN1 Western Cycle Freeway
The SCN1 cycle route from Totton in the west to Southampton Central Station was completed in July 2019. This has set the benchmark standard for what we aim to achieve with our other main cycle freeways. Additional works to enhance cycle connections to Portland Terrace are planned for next year, while Hampshire County Council will also be commencing improvements to the existing shared route into Totton in spring 2020. Check out our Western Cycle Freeway project page to learn more.
Works on SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway
The main route to the east of the city will benefit from major investment on the A3024 Bursledon Road to create a new segregated cycle freeway. Other traffic calming and minor improvements continue to be made on routes in Sholing and Bitterne. You can get the latest on what's happening to develop the SCN3 on the Eastern Cycle Freeway page.
Works on SCN5 Northern Cycle Freeway
We recently upgraded parts of the SCN5 route and improved links between the City Centre and the Common. This included the installation of a new segregated cycle freeway along Inner Avenue, with works now underway to extend this route further along the Avenue. Further improvements are in the pipeline both in Southampton and across the border into Hampshire to provide a coherent cycle route between Southampton and Chandler's Ford.
Find out more about Southampton's first 'Copenhagen style' cycle freeway on the Inner Avenue project page. For more information about the ongoing works along the Avenue, please visit the Avenue cycle scheme page.
Cycling Southampton 2017-2027
In cities across Europe, and increasingly in Britain, cycling is becoming more and more popular. It is regarded as a quick and green way of getting around - whether this is for work, going to school, leisure or exercise.
Cycling Southampton 2017-2027 sets out Southampton City Council’s approach to investing in and realising our vision for cycling over ten years. We want cycling to be treated as a normal form of transport and create a liveable and thriving city.
The strategy outlines what work has already taken place, develops a policy approach for cycling and sets out a Delivery Plan of proposed improvements to the network to realise the vision for cycling in Southampton. You can read both the ten year strategy and the three year delivery plan in full from the downloads section at the bottom of this page.
Swap four wheels for two with My Journey
The My Journey website offers tips, groups to join and events to take part in for both new and established cyclists. You can find out where to get your bike repaired, sign up for cycling confidence training, led rides and more. You can also join the Southampton Cycling Forum to help us shape our plans for the future of the cycle network. Make sure you check it out.
The benefits of cycling
- Health - making cycling the norm in everyday life can reverse a lack of physical activity. This can help people lead healthy lifestyles which can in turn reduce health inequalities, save the NHS money, increase productivity and reduce absenteeism at work.
- Environment - most air pollution in Southampton comes from road traffic. Cycling is a low impact, zero emission way of getting around. This contributes to reducing CO2 and NOx emissions, improving air quality to create a more pleasant place to live.
- Strong & Sustainable Growth - creating a cycling city can benefit employers, residents and visitors by providing an affordable transport option that reduces high commuting costs and connects people to opportunities for work and training. Cyclists who visit shops regularly spend more money than those who drive.
- Regeneration - putting cycle infrastructure into new developments can integrate them and create denser more people-centred environments for a green, attractive and modern Southampton.
- Transport - travelling by bike can connect people with the places they want to go. This can help to reduce congestion by freeing up road space for businesses to move their goods and services. It also makes for a more attractive and reliable city.
- Social Inclusion - cycling provides an affordable way of getting around for people who do not have access to a private car allowing them to get to work, training or to ride for leisure.
- Safety - more people cycling will change the urban environment to make it safer for people to get around by bike by changing perceptions and reducing the number of accidents.