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Policy Scan

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

Sustrans says
Sustrans press comments, reports and campaigns relating to policy

Key developments
Relevant government and other organisations’ policy/reports/campaigns

Consultations and inquiries
Sustrans' responses and upcoming consultations

Latest Policy Scan - November 2016 (pdf)

Sustrans says

Autumn Statement is a missed opportunity to deliver an economy that works for all (23/11/16) “The Autumn Statement was another in a long line of missed opportunities by the UK Government to support low-income households with investments to improve local travel choice with alternatives to car travel such as cycling and walking”, says Jason Torrance, Policy Director of Sustrans.

The healthy street ahead for London (21/11/16) Sadiq Khan’s new ‘City for all Londoners’ document gives hints at how London’s streets will develop under his mayoralty; it sets out what will and won’t happen and marks some subtle and some more significant changes in policy. Nicholas Sanderson, Sustrans Policy Officer for London, explores five notable points of the document:

  • A welcome focus on changing the way we travel
  • Building on the success of the previous administration in providing new cycling infrastructure
  • Reaffirming existing commitments such as completing the zone 1 grid of cycle routes
  • Cutting back on new road building
  • Pursuing Vision Zero (the target of zero road deaths) across the board.

Key developments

ClientEarth wins air pollution case in High Court (02/11/16) ClientEarth has won its High Court case against the Government over its failure to tackle illegal air pollution across the UK. Mr Justice Garnham agreed with ClientEarth that the Environment Secretary had failed to take measures that would bring the UK into compliance with the law “as soon as possible” and said that ministers knew that over optimistic pollution modelling was being used. Subsequently, as reported in The Guardian, the Government now has eight months to deliver an effective plan to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis.

The Case for Active Travel (pdf) (18/11/16) The Urban Transport Group have released ‘The Case for Active Travel - How walking and cycling can support more vibrant urban economies’. The report aims to bring the evidence together and act as a repository, making it easier to make the case for active travel.

New Urban Agenda adopted (20/10/16) The Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador has adopted the New Urban Agenda, a policy document that will set global standards for the way cities are built, managed and inhabited. Even though the New Urban Agenda is not a legally binding document it seeks to lay down a shared vision that will inform how urban development takes place across the world.

Car Related Economic Stress – Is there a Transport Equivalent of Fuel Poverty (pdf)? (01/11/16) This new report from the Demand Centre finds that 9% of UK households, and large areas of the country, are in a state of ‘car-related economic stress’, with a low income but high expenditure on running motor vehicles. And for households, the affordability of transport is not the only barrier to having access to essential services – affordability is only a subset of a broader ‘transport poverty’ problem.

Segregated Cycle Routes on Road to Success (02/11/16) The Scottish Government is setting up a new taskforce to drive forward ambitious cycling plans. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf announced plans for the taskforce, the main aim of which will be to promote new cycling infrastructure, such as segregated cycle paths.

Walking paths in England and Wales are a pattern of feast and famine (14/11/16) Dominic Bates writing in The Guardian reports on the Ramblers’ Big Pathwatch, a national footpath survey. He finds that prestigious routes are well-maintained while smaller footpaths under the care of local councils are suffering from budget cuts - and it’s these we need the most.

Blueprint for an Active Britain: Milestone review (08/11/16) ukactive has launched a milestone review marking one year since the launch of their report Blueprint for an Active Britain. The review aims to build on the momentum generated since the launch of the Blueprint and offers practical recommendations across the NHS, local councils, transport, workplaces and the built environment to tackle the UK's inactivity health crisis.

Five London cycling tests for Sadiq Khan (17/11/16) Andrew Gilligan, London’s former cycling commissioner, writing in The Guardian, sets out the challenges faced by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, if he is to deliver on the campaign promises he made on cycling in the capital.

How Sadiq Khan aims to become London's most cycle-friendly mayor (22/11/16) Val Shawcross, London’s deputy mayor for transport, writing in The Guardian, responds to Andrew Gilligan.

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