Long-term investment and reliable infrastructure is a essential part of the second Cycling and Walking Strategy, according to Sustrans.
Commenting on its launch, Xavier Brice, CEO of walking and cycling charity Sustrans, said: “Sustrans welcomes the Government’s refreshed Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, which shows the urgent need to tackle inequality of access to active forms of travel, and for the first time includes wheeling alongside cycling and walking.
“Achieving the necessary revolution in how we get about is vital for our health, our wallets and our planet, but this won’t happen unless we make it easier for everyone to make this choice now.
“Long-term investment in reliable infrastructure, such as the National Cycle Network, alongside immediately tackling the plague of pavement parking, is critical to improving access to active travel.
“But we must all play our part, and local councils and city regions should embrace opportunities for change, so everyone has the chance to be free from expensive and pollutant car overuse.”
Launching the strategy yesterday, the government has reaffirmed its commitment to aim for 50% of all journeys in towns and cities to be walked or cycled by 2030 as well as deliver a world-class cycling and walking network in England by 2040.
This forms part of the second cycling and walking investment strategy (CWIS2) launched this week.
This strategy aligns with the Spending Reviews 2020 and 2021, covering the period from April 2021 to March 2025. We have set a number of objectives over that period to measure progress towards our longer-term ambition for 2040.