In key policy developments we present a summary of policy, reports and campaigns by government and other organisations.
The Pedestrian Pound (07/12/18) Living Streets has published an updated version of the Pedestrian Pound which will be of interest to those concerned with the future of our high streets and urban centres. Prepared by independent experts, Just Economics, the report has become a reference point when making the economic case for investing in better streets. The new edition expands the evidence and for the first time explores how the digital economy impacts and interacts with the economic viability of high streets as places.
Physical activity: encouraging activity in the general population (06/12/18) NICE has released a new quality standard on physical activity for consultation. It recommends new and upgraded roads prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport over motorised vehicles.
Planning Policy Wales (05/12/18) Launching the Planning Policy Wales, the Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, has called on planners and developers to think first and foremost about the people who will live there and how they will go about their everyday lives. The refreshed Planning Policy Wales, which will underpin all future planning decisions, will put an emphasis on people and places and ensure developments built today leave a legacy of well-designed, sustainable places which improve lives
Walking and cycling in Wales: Active travel, 2017-18 (11/12/18) Statistical Bulletin from the Welsh Government based on the 2017-18 National Survey. Key points:
- 6 per cent of adults cycled at least once a week.
- 58 per cent of adults walked at least once a week.
- 47 per cent of people living in urban areas walk at least three times a week, compared with 33 per cent of those from rural areas.
- Men, younger people, those without limiting illness and those who have qualifications were more likely than others to cycle.
- Younger people, those without limiting illnesses, those with qualifications and people from urban areas were more likely than others to walk for more than 10 minutes to get to a destination.
- 44 per cent of children actively travel to primary school, and 34% to secondary school (latest data for 2016-17)
Commuting by bike to become easier in new year following funding boost (29/12/18) The Government has announced that commuting by bike is set to become easier in 2019 as new facilities are set up at stations across the country. In the latest in a series of funding boosts, £1.6 million of government investment will help people make cycling a seamless part of their daily journey, Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse Norman announced.
Health benefits of electrically-assisted cycling: a systematic review (21/11/19) This review found E-cycling can contribute to meeting physical activity recommendations and increasing physical fitness. As such, e-bikes offer a potential alternative to conventional cycling.
British Cycling receives Sport England funding boost (04/06/19) British Cycling has received a funding boost of £5.69 million from Sport England. It has a focus on widening participation with women, young people and those with a disability and/or life-limiting illness.
Why exercise alone won’t save us (03/01/19) Interesting long-read from The Guardian about how we need to build exercise into our lives and reduce our sedentary lifestyles.