Government gives green light to cycling and walking - now the challenge is to deliver the change on the ground.
A milestone for cycling and walking
Today (Friday 21 April) the Department for Transport (DfT) has published England’s first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS).
Sustrans, together with a number of leading transport, environment and health organisations, called for a long-term government-led vision for active travel and for the strategy to be included in the Infrastructure Act.
Xavier Brice, our CEO said: “The first ever Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy is a significant achievement and highlights UK Government’s ambition to make England a cycling and walking nation.
“Sustrans, together with a number of other leading transport and health organisations, have long called for a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy and we were successful in securing a commitment from government for its production back in 2014.
“There is an overwhelming body of evidence that demonstrates that investment in cycling and walking has many health, social and economic benefits and must be prioritised. The challenge now is to deliver the change needed locally and nationally.”
DfT research shows that every £1 invested in cycling and walking sees a £6.30 return.
We have been working to ensure walking and cycling is at the heart of the government’s agenda. You can see our activity on the interactive timeline below:
Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy timeline
Our CEO Xavier Brice shares his thoughts
We will continue working with local and national governments elsewhere in the UK to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.