Infrastructure is to play a key role in a new Government strategy to double to amount of journeys on bike and reverse the decline in walking.
The government says it will achieve its targets for 2040 by providing ‘safe and attractive’ infrastructure, taking a longer term approach to schemes for walking and cycling.
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “The Government’s blueprint to encourage more people to cycle and walk will benefit the whole of society by boosting the economy, improving health, cutting congestion and improving air quality. Realising our ambition will take sustained investment in cycling and walking infrastructure. That’s why we have committed over £300M to support cycling and walking over this Parliament and this will increase further when spending on enhancing and maintaining existing infrastructure is taken into account.
“Delivering this long term plan will require patience, persistence and a change in attitudes – amongst Government, local bodies, businesses, communities and individuals. We cannot afford not to grasp the opportunities available and we are determined to make this country a cycling and walking nation, comparable to the very best in the world.”
It is currently consulting on the strategy before publishing a final strategy in the summer, which will include guidance for the development of local transport plans.