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Last edited 04 Aug 2017
Cycling and walking plan
On 27 March 2016, the UK government published the Draft cycling and walking investment strategy, setting out plans for 'a walking and cycling nation' in an attempt to reverse the recent decline in walking and, by 2040, to make cycling and walking the 'natural choice' for shorter journeys and for parts of longer journeys.
A series of objectives and targets have been set to measure progress towards the 2040 ambition:
- Double the rate of cycling activity by 2025.
- Reverse the decline in walking activity.
- Reduce the rate of cyclists killed or seriously injured on England's roads each year.
- Increase the percentage of children aged 5 to 10 that usually walk to school.
The Government point to the fact that walking and cycling for just 10 minutes can contribute towards the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity for adults per week as recommend by the four Chief Medical officers. In economic terms, they argue that the case for investing in walking and cycling is well-established, and if there were Danish levels of cycling in the UK this would save the NHS £17bn within 20 years.
However, the British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman has criticised the level of investment as 'frankly embarrassing' in comparison with the £15bn put aside by the Department for Transport to upgrade motorways and trunk roads. Cycling UK's policy director Roger Geffen suggested some of this budget be reallocated towards cycling and walking.
Both British Cycling and Cycling UK have highlighted the parliamentary report 'Get Britain Cycling', which called for investment of at least £10 per person annually, rising to £20, in order to boost cycling to 10% of journeys by 2025, and to 25% by 2050. By comparison, the funds available work out at just £1.38 per person in England outside London.
This is in stark contrast to investment in the Netherlands, where spending on cycling is around £24 per person annually, and accounts for 27% of journeys.
Boardman said: “The truth is that without sustained funding, this strategy won't be worth the paper it's written on. We know that when faced with other priorities like road maintenance, saving bus routes and new housing developments, cycling and walking will be put at the bottom of most councils' to-do lists.”
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