Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
12:19 PM 13th November 2020

Walking And Cycling Alliance Welcomes Government Funding And Addresses Low Traffic Neighbourhoods Myths

The UK’s leading walking and cycling organisations are backing plans to get more people walking and cycling, as the Government today (13 November) announces the second round of its Active Travel Fund.

The Walking and Cycling Alliance sets out the urgent case for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and uses evidence and case studies from across the country, to tackle the urban myths that have emerged around them.

The WACA report - The Urgent Case for More Walking and Cycling - brings together leading voices in the active travel movement, including Chris Boardman and former Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Mary Creagh, to answer frequently asked questions about congestion, and perceived effects on business, emergency services, and local consultation.

In May, the Government announced a £225m emergency active travel fund for councils in England to encourage people to adopt healthier travel habits, help social distancing and prevent traffic congestion. Funding was also made available by the Scottish and Welsh Governments to councils, to implement walking and cycling measures.

Tranche 1 was for temporary Covid related measures, whilst today’s tranche 2 is for longer-term projects that provide safe spaces for people to walk, cycle and wheel.

Speaking on behalf of the Walking and Cycling Alliance, Mary Creagh, CEO, Living Streets said:

“Everyone should feel safe to walk, cycle, wheel or scoot on our streets, but that is not the case in too many towns and cities. Across the country, there is a silent majority in favour of more people-friendly streets, but all too often their voices are drowned out by a vocal minority.

“It’s vital more people start walking and cycling for local journeys, to reduce congestion, improve air quality and tackle the twin epidemics of loneliness and obesity.

“We hope this report will support councillors to build back better after the pandemic.”