This afternoon UK Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review that there would be more investment in new roads than at any point since the 1970s, putting the future of cycling and walking in jeopardy.
Unless further detail emerges that increases cycling and walking investment, Government will simply not be able to keep manifesto commitments to double cycling and reduce those killed and seriously injured on our roads. The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS), which the Government is compelled to publish by law, will not be funded.
Jason Torrance, Sustrans Policy Director says:
“Government has committed to a CWIS, to double cycling levels and reduce those killed and seriously injured on our roads. But these targets will be missed unless investment is increased.’
“With the largest road building programme since the 1970’s a priority for Government, local investment in everyday travel is marginalised and the future of cycling and walking hangs in the balance.”
We want to see a safer school run. We believe that every child has the right to walk, cycle or scoot to school. To bring about this change, we need government to make dedicated funding available, commit to lower traffic speeds, and transform local walking and cycling routes.