Policy Scan

Sustrans Policy Scan is a regular summary of key policy thinking, reports, announcements and consultations:

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Latest Policy Scan - April 2017 (pdf)

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A selection of our articles, blog posts and news.

Our response to the publication of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (21/04/17) Government gives green light to cycling and walking - now the challenge is to deliver the change on the ground.

A milestone in the journey towards transforming England into a cycling and walking nation (21/04/17) With today’s launch of the first ever UK Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) we have reached a significant milestone along the path of making cycling and walking the natural choice for short journeys. The challenge now is to deliver the change needed locally and nationally.

Travel Survey for Northern Ireland reveals cars still dominate commute (19/04/17) The latest Travel Survey for Northern Ireland is revealing of the continued dominance of car use - 82% responded to say they travelled to work by car/van, with 80% driving on their own. This is not good news for our health, the environment or for tackling congestion and air pollution.

Our priorities for the new West of England metro mayor (10/04/17) With the election for the West of England Metro Mayor less than a month away, Sustrans Director for England South, James Cleeton, has delivered an eight-point plan to all candidates. The points amount to a call for the reduction in our reliance on cars and investment in the future health of our communities through active travel.

Why bike space on trains matters (07/04/17) The Proposed reductions in bike space on trains work against a joined-up vision for cycling in Scotland. Abellio, the franchise holder, had previously indicated that trains would be able to carry 20 bikes. So whilst demand for bike space on trains has been acknowledged, the latest proposal goes against this.

Bike Life - Making urban movement more efficient (30/03/17) This is the first of a series of blogs linked to our Bike Life project exploring how we need to improve the way that we make the case for cycling and walking in cities. This first blog makes the case for walking and cycling as an essential components to underpin a city movement strategy that reduces congestion and improves the efficiency of road space.

Key developments

Government publishes £1.2 billion plan to increase cycling and walking (21/04/17) The government wants cycling and walking to become the norm by 2040 and will target funding at innovative ways to encourage people onto a bike or to use their own two feet for shorter journeys in England.

Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality (19/04/17) This new five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters found commuting by walking was associated with a lower risk of CVD incidence and mortality. However, commuting by cycling was associated with the lowest risk of these as well as lower risks of all-cause mortality and cancer, with dose dependent relations for all outcomes.

Sport England launches new Families Fund (20/03/17) The Families Fund will invest in projects that let the whole family get active – and make it fun for everyone.  Activity providers can often focus on the child and leave adults on the side-lines. Sport England aims to tackle this issue so that families can take part together.

UCL's Community severance (barrier effect) toolkit (21/03/17) Busy roads can have negative effects on people's mobility, wellbeing and health, an impact known as 'community severance' or the 'barrier effect' of roads. The Street Mobility project, a three-year interdisciplinary research project at University College London, has now released this toolkit to measure and value the barrier effect of busy roads.

Everybody active, every day: 2 year update (13/03/17) Public Health England has published a two year update on Everybody Active Every Day - the national physical activity framework. Between 2013 and 2015-17, there has been a 1% increase in the proportion of the population meeting the UK physical activity guidelines, representing half a million people.

£31.4m transport schemes for a connected, safe and active Wales (22/03/17) Economy Secretary Ken Skates has announced £31.4 million of grants to local authorities across Wales for transport schemes to improve safety, create economic growth and promote active travel.

Case for tripling roads budget based on wishful thinking, say campaigners (20/03/17) New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) reveals that road-building is failing to provide the congestion relief and economic boost promised, while damaging the environment. The research is the largest ever independent review of completed road schemes in England.

Creating Walking Cities - A Blueprint for Change (18/03/17) Living Streets has published a new guide to help practitioners improve cities and streets for walking. The report sets out seven steps to a walking city which will lead to healthier, more economically successful, greener and stronger communities. The vision is to create walking cities that are safe and inviting for people of all ages, where every child can walk safely to school and communities have quality spaces to thrive.

What could a switch from 30 mph to 20mph achieve across a whole country’s population? (31/03/17) Dr Adrian Davis, provides a summary of new research that suggests if all Welsh 30mph limit roads became 20mph limits, in road casualty terms alone, 10 lives could be saved and up to 2,000 casualties avoided each year, at a value of prevention of up to £94M. The research also suggests some positive benefits from air quality suggesting a positive outcome overall for health.

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2017 (30/03/17) NHS Digital has collated the latest statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet.  Among the key physical activity findings, 26% of adults were classified as inactive (fewer than 30 minutes physical activity a week) and 61% of adults were classified as active (150 minutes or more physical activity a week).

Pedal cyclist casualties in Wales (05/04/17) This report from Statistics Wales shows that between 2000 and 2010, killed or seriously injured (KSI) numbers have fluctuated between 61 and 84 casualties per year, and increased to 118 casualties in 2011. Latest figures, for 2015, show a slight decline on 2014 to 123 KSIs.

Promising Practice Roadshows (04/17) UKactive is running a series of free regional roadshows which examine physical activity interventions with the aim of providing important insight into ‘what works’ in getting more people, more active, more often. 


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