National Travel Survey for England: Sustrans response

Family riding bikes on Sam Thompson Bridge at Victoria Park, east Belfast

Photo credit: Brian Morrison ©2017

27 July 2018

On the publication of the National Travel Survey for England (26 July), Xavier Brice, Chief Executive of walking and cycling charity Sustrans, said:

“It is disappointing to see the number of cycling trips have remained broadly static since 2002 and demonstrates that the government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy is currently failing in its ambition to double cycling trips by 2025. It is encouraging however, to see a small increase in the distance travelled by bike overall and in the number of trips and distance walked.

“These results show the critical need to invest in cycling and walking infrastructure in our towns and cities to enable more people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys. On a day when Public Health England has released its extraordinary findings that one in 25 year six pupils are now classified as seriously obese, we need to do more to enable more children to walk and cycle the school journey.

“Building better cycling and walking infrastructure, coupled with targeted engagement programmes, is one of the best ways to do this as it enables children to travel on foot or by bike in safety and with confidence. Schools also need to utilise their newly doubled PE and School Sports Premium to help more children have an active journey and get the physical activity they need to lead healthy lives.”

For more information, images and interviews, please contact:

Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07557 915648.

Liv Denne, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07768 035318.