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

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Latest Policy Scan - June 2017 (pdf)


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A selection of our articles, blog posts and news.

Making it easier for people to walk and cycle (25/04/17) 2017 marks 40 years of Sustrans. It also marks the next chapter in our history with the launch this month of a new five-year strategy responding to the challenges of today and setting out our vision for tomorrow.  Our work will be focused on three areas:

1.     Connecting people and places

2.     Creating liveable neighbourhoods

3.     Transforming the school run and commutes

General Election 2017: Sustrans cycling and walking manifesto asks (03/05/17) With a snap election called, Sustrans along with Cycling UK, Living Streets, Campaign for Better Transport, British Cycling, The Bicycle Association and The Ramblers have written to all English MPs calling for them to push for their parties to make the following commitments in their party manifestos ahead of the Election on 8 June:

a)     A UK-wide commitment to a new Clean Air Act

b)     A commitment to invest the proceeds from the proposed ‘Roads Fund’ to improve local roads and streets, designing and maintaining them to be safe and pleasant for all who use them

c)     To reaffirm the commitments in the UK Government's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy for England

Now that all manifestos have been published Rachel White, Senior Political Advisor at Sustrans has summarised commitments from each political party in her blog: General Election 2017: What the Manifestos say about cycling and walking

Active travel funding in City Region Deals"> (04/05/17) City Region Deals in Scotland are regional partnerships aiming to accelerate growth by attracting government and private sector investment. They could therefore offer much more to walking and cycling.  Earlier this week we submitted our response to the Scottish Government’s Local Government and Communities Committee call for evidence on City Region Deals in Scotland.  Our evidence highlighted the fact that opportunities to promote and fund active travel have, so far, not been fully exploited in Scotland.  Agreements so far in the Aberdeen, Glasgow and Inverness regions have generally focussed on road building projects and made only vague commitments to cycling.

Better cycling infrastructure at junctions needed as cycle collision hotspots revealed (22/05/17) Sustrans Scotland is calling for improved cycling infrastructure at junctions, after our own research has revealed that roundabouts and T-junctions are the main cycle collision hotspots in Scotland. The were presented at the Scottish Transport Applications and Research (STAR) Conference through a paper titled "Cycling Safety in Scotland, Cycle Collision Hotspots

Hands Up Scotland Survey(25/05/17) Established in 2008, the Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel. 49.2% of pupils said they normally travel to school in an active way, with 42.9% of pupils saying they normally walk to school, 3.5% of pupils said they normally cycle to school and 2.8% of pupils said they normally scooter or skate to school. Phillip Glennie from Sustrans has also written a blog if you want to explore more about the survey and how we use it – Why we count all the hands.

Key developments

What influences people to walk to work? (09/02/17) New research from the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) at Loughborough University has identified that older age groups and people who own a car should be considered as key target groups for interventions to increase commuter walking. In addition, multi-level interventions which include individual behaviour change, social support within the workplace and organisational travel policies may be useful for promoting commuter walking.

New app based bike sharing scheme comes to Bristol (02/05/17) YoBike announces a new bicycle sharing scheme which offers an hour’s ride for just a pound and has chosen Bristol as its European launchpad. Unlike existing bike sharing schemes, YoBikes do not require a bike docking station so they can be picked up from and left in safe, legal and convenient locations. The bike’s built-in digital technology links to a mobile app which gives cyclists the ability to instantly unlock any of the bikes, wherever they find them.

Development of a draft global action plan to promote physical activity (27/01/17) A draft plan for the development of a Global Action Plan on Physical Activity has been published by the World Health Organization.  The plan is needed because inactivity is on the rise in many countries and globally one in four adults and four out of five adolescents do not meet the global recommendations. Progress to achieving the target of reducing inactivity by 10% by 2025 (set by the World Health Assembly) and implementation of action plans has been slow.

Wales - Young people road casualties (26/04/17) and Wales - Pedestrian road casualties (27/04/17) Two reports on Welsh road casualties in 2015 from Statistics Wales.

The Travel Survey for Northern Ireland Urban-Rural report 2013-2015 (25/05/17) This report compares travel behaviours of residents living in urban and rural locations in Northern Ireland including walking and cycling. It found whilst on average urban and rural residents made around the same number of journeys each year, rural residents travelled much further. Correspondingly urban residents made nearly double the number of walking journeys per year that rural residents made.

Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: April 2016 to March 2017 report (18/05/17) Provisional estimates show that motor vehicle traffic was at a record high in the year ending March 2017. The provisional figure, of 324.3 billion vehicle miles travelled on Great Britain’s roads in the year ending March 2017, was 1.7% higher than the previous year. This is a record level, 3.2% higher than the pre-recession peak in the year ending September 2007.

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