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New ‘toolbox’ aims to help boost walking and cycling

Wednesday 2nd August 2017


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A new active travel toolbox has been launched in an effort to help local authorities make the case for, and improve, walking and cycling schemes.

The free toolbox has been created by Sustrans in partnership with Living Streets, the TAS Partnership and Dr Adrian Davis from the University of West England.

It is organised into three areas: making the economic case for active travel; linking active travel and public transport to housing growth and planning; and the role of active travel in improving health.

Sustrans says that walking and cycling can contribute towards economic performance by reducing congestion. The charity adds that making it easier for families and communities to walk and cycle also improves health and air quality.

The toolbox includes three ‘tools’ which can be used for forecasting the impact of planned interventions:

Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans, said: “There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates investment in walking and cycling has many economic, social, health and environmental benefits and so it must be prioritised.

“Governments have begun to recognise this, recently with the publication of England’s first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. The challenge now is to deliver change locally.

“This toolbox brings together existing evidence and supporting case studies from across the UK and beyond to help local authorities and their partners make the case for and deliver walking and cycling solutions on the ground.”

Tompion Platt, head of policy and communications at Living Streets, said: “We welcomed the government’s recent commitment to get more people walking. Now it’s essential that local authorities and LEPs get to work to reduce car use and enable more people to walk and cycle.”

 

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Laressa - I sympathise but preaching has not had a successful record in changing behaviour and genetic modification is some way off. Better to design out conflict with appropriate engineering.
Paul Teddington

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Before launching such a scheme there needs to be a campaign for road respect. Many people do not cycle as they are not given adequate room when being overtaken and encounter abuse when riding. There is a real issue with car v's cyclist, Motorbike v's car etc. If those barriers can be broken down and a cultural change giving every road user respect then I think more people would cycle.
Laressa, Dorset

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