Rights of Way Improvement Plans (England & Wales)
- RoWIPs were introduced by s60 of the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (England and Wales) (CROW) 2000 as a means of obliging local authorities to plan to improve access to the countryside.
- Local Access Forums (LAFs), parish councils and others are involved with the development of ROWIPs.
- Local authorities had to complete their RoWIPs by November 2007. Fewer than 50% of them met this deadline, although by 2009 virtually all had been published.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy):
- There is currently a considerable, suppressed demand for traffic-free off-road cycling routes, especially close to where people live. Provision for family cycling is particularly poor. RoWIPs offer opportunities to improve off-road cycling provision. To maximise the benefits of cycling, the delivery of RoWIPs should:
- Be informed by a survey of the off-road cycling network to identify gaps and implement improvements
- Promote, sign and maintain routes for cyclists
- As resources are likely to be limited, RoWIPs benefit from the input of volunteers working through the Local Access Forum (LAF) and in conjunction with local authority staff.
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Publication Date:February 2015