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Campaigners celebrate securing Government commitment to walking and cycling

31 July 2015

Campaign for Better Transport is celebrating the new legal requirement for the Government to produce a Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Strategy, which comes in to force today. A commitment to produce this strategy was included in the Infrastructure Act 2015 as a result of campaigning by a coalition of campaigners and groups including Campaign for Better Transport.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"It is a tribute to the passion and perseverance of campaigners all over the country that we are now assured of plans being made to improve cycling and walking infrastructure in England.

"Thousands of people came together to urge the Government to make the same commitment to active travel that they have already made to road and rail development. If the strategy is written well, it will secure great benefits for people's health and the environment all over the country, as well as contribute to efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Better cycling and walking infrastructure are essential to the future of transport and so we thank our supporters for their help, and look forward to working with the Government on developing the content of its new strategy."

 

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For further information please contact James MacColl at Campaign for Better Transport on 07949 597 880 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

2. The legal requirement to produce a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, as set out in the Infrastructure Act 2015, comes in to force today through secondary legislation. The secondary legislation is available to read here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1543/regulation/2/made

3. The cycling and walking investment strategy coalition of organisations includes British Cycling, Campaign for Better Transport, Campaign to Protect Rural England, CTC: the National Cycling Charity, Living Streets, Sustrans,  the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Richmond Group (British Heart Foundation, Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation, Age UK, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Diabetes UK, The Neurological Alliance, Macmillan Cancer Support, Stroke Association and Rethink Mental Illness).