27 July 2020
Responding to the publication of the Government’s new cycling and walking plans, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“We welcome this ambitious plan and the Government’s commitment to significantly improve walking and cycling for people across England. The plans contain many of the things we have been calling for and we are particularly pleased to see active travel put at the heart of the planning process. Making roads better for cycling, with more dedicated road space and long-term funding, will help to encourage more people to take to two wheels. Good quality infrastructure, that integrates with other forms of public transport, will help to lock in the changes we’ve begun to see to travel patterns in recent months and ensure sustainable options are more widely available.
“Empowering local authorities to deliver improvements to local cycling and walking facilities by providing the support they need to build capacity and capability is key to delivering the Government’s vision, so we are pleased to see this acknowledged within the plans.
“A national scheme to support people to buy an ebike is a welcome move which should help overcome some of the barriers that currently exist to a wider uptake of cycling, especially for longer journeys.”
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Notes to Editors
- The Government's new cycling and walking plans can be found on its website.
- Campaign for Better Transports recent report, Covid-19 Recovery Renewing the transport system, called for a green transport-led recovery that includes permanent improvements to sustain greater levels of walking and cycling to help create jobs, tackle social exclusion, improve the environment and people’s health.
- Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. We campaign to bring sustainable transport to all and ensure solutions are delivered that improve the wellbeing of communities, quality of life and the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).