Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, welcomed the Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy launched by Department for Transport today:
“We very much welcome that the strategy puts walking and cycling at the heart of future urban mobility, one of nine sound principles the UK Government has defined to facilitate innovation in urban mobility.
“The future of our towns and cities depends on our ability to move around sustainably and on solutions that have a better impact on public health, congestion and urban space. This is why it is good to see the principle that walking, cycling and active travel must remain the best options for short urban journeys.
“Over the next decade technology is going to drive a revolution in transport as big as the railways and the internal combustion engine; one that could result in greener and more convenient travel for everyone. But we need to start with the end in mind. What type of places do we want to live in? What type of lives do we want to lead?
And nothing is better at creating healthier places and happier lives for everyone than investing in solutions that make it easier to walk and cycle.
“With leadership and action, the Government has a clear opportunity to transform walking and cycling for today’s and future generations.”