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Funding for cycling and walking: our transport habits are at a crossroads

13 November 2020

Responding to the Government's announcement of £175m for cycling and walking infrastructure and a survey showing the popularity of such schemes[1], Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport[2], said:

"Having been involved in campaigning for this funding[3], it's very welcome news that more councils will now be able to make space for walking and cycling and improve many people's streets and daily journeys. Our transport habits are at a crossroads right now: we must steer away from a future of congestion, pollution and rising carbon emissions. Instead of planning for ever-more car journeys we should invest in walking, cycling and good, affordable, low-carbon public transport."

On the survey results, Paul Tuohy said:

"This survey should give councils confidence that not only are walking and cycling schemes good for our health, air quality and climate, they're popular too."

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Notes to Editors

1. The Government's announcement can be read on its website. The survey found that nearly eight out of ten people support measures to reduce road traffic in their neighbourhood, and two thirds of people support reallocating road space for walking and cycling.

2. Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929). Paul Tuohy joined the charity as its Chief Executive in November 2020.

3. Paul Tuohy was involved in campaigning for this funding in his former role as Chief Executive of Cycling UK. Campaign for Better Transport also campaigned for the funding.