Since our Campaign for Safer Streets was launched in May 2014 we’ve been calling for long term, dedicated funding for walking and cycling, particularly to help children travel to school by foot and bike.
To make this happen we have been pushing for an investment strategy for walking and cycling to be enshrined into legislation.
On Monday 26 January we scored a major campaign success when Parliament voted in a Walking and Cycling Investment Strategy into the Infrastructure Bill.
Cycling and walking investment strategy is now law
The Infrastructure Bill became an Act on 12th February 2014, and so for the first time the Secretary of State for Transport will be required by law to set out a strategy for cycling and walking infrastructure and importantly the funding provided to meet it.
The Infrastructure Act sets out the government’s ambitions to build a better transport system. Although initially focusing on a Roads Investment Strategy, Sustrans, with a number of other leading transport groups and health organisations, successfully campaigned for the inclusion of a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy to also be included in the Act to ensure that active travel is considered as a priority area for investment.
Our supporters took up the mantle, sending emails to their MPs requesting that they put their name to the amendment to the bill. Because of the strength of feeling shown by you, we will see real change in how sustainable transport is recognised in this country.
Sustrans and our partners will continue to campaign. We still have some way to go to make sure that political parties commit to adequate funding ahead of the General Election and beyond.
We hope that we can count on your continued support over the coming months.
The Big Cycling Debate
On Monday 2 March the UK Cycling Alliance, which includes Sustrans, held the first national debate on walking and cycling ahead of a General Election.
This historic pre-election debate aimed to highlight the need for a long-term strategy and budget for safe cycle routes. Allowing each of the three main UK political parties to say what they would do to improve walking and cycling ahead of the general election.
There was lots of live tweeting from the event which you can see on Twitter by viewing #cyclingdebate.
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