As part of the Autumn Budget today, the Chancellor announced a £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund and a £220m Clean Air Fund to improve local transport and to improve air quality.
Responding, Xavier Brice, Chief Executive at Sustrans, walking and cycling charity said:
“The new Transforming Cities Fund coupled with the new Clean Air Fund presents a huge opportunity for Local Authorities to prioritise investment in walking and cycling and respond to the public appetite for alternatives to car travel.
“Bike Life, the UK’s biggest study of public attitudes to cycling in cities, shows there’s a clear desire to cycle more as three-quarters of people want more funds for cycling.
“As Local Councils consider how the announced funds are invested, a shift to walking and cycling for short journeys once made by car must be prioritised as a solution to local transport problems so that congestion can be reduced and air quality improved.”
Bike Life, the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities was released by Sustrans and seven major UK cities on 14 November 2017, www.sustrans.org.uk/bikelife