On the publication of the Government’s The Road to Zero strategy, Rachel White, Senior Policy and Political Advisor at Sustrans, said:
“The UK Government has missed an opportunity to make active travel more accessible to all in its “ Road to Zero” strategy by not including measures to support e-bikes.
“Whilst we welcome the Government’s commitment to hold a call for evidence on last-mile deliveries, including consulting on the provision of grants or other financial incentives to support e-cargo bikes, we would like to see financial support for all e-bikes to encourage their uptake.
“E-bikes are a green way to get from A-B which reduces our carbon emissions and improves the quality of the air we breathe. They are also a more accessible active way to get about for those that may live in very hilly areas, or may be less physically able to use a pedal bike such as the elderly. However, they are still prohibitively expensive for the majority of people.
“There is a strong argument for linking the “Road to Zero” strategy with the ‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy’. Whilst moving to cleaner electric vehicles has a role to play in helping us tackle our air quality and climate change crisis, 45% of particulate matter - of which there are no safe levels for human health – comes from tyre and brake wear. A switch to electric vehicles fails to address this. We need fewer not just cleaner vehicles on our roads.”
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Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07557 915648.
Liv Denne, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07768 035318.