BLACKBURN with Darwen Council’s local cycling and walking plan is now online for residents to give their views on.

The public consultation is now open on the blueprint to get people out of their cars and encourage them to exercise.

The scheme includes a safe walking and cycling route from Witton Park to the town centre; a new permanent cycle lane on A674 King Street, Whalley Banks and Redlam to Witton Park; new cycle lane between Witton Park and National Cycle Route 6 in the form of new cycle lane; a cycle lane along A674 Preston Old Road; and a cycle lane on A6447 Buncer Lane.

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s wellbeing boss Cllr Damian Talbot said: “The plan we’ve designed is a fantastic vision for the borough.

"Increasing the amount we walk and cycle for leisure and travel has been identified as a way to improve the health and environment of communities.”

Blackburn with Darwen’s regeneration boss Cllr Phil Riley said: “It’s wonderful that we have this plan to enable more families and individuals to increase everyday activity.

"Many of our daily journeys are less than two miles, and this plan will detail the ways in which the council aims to help increase walking and cycling uptake in the borough over the coming years.”