Policy Scan

Sustrans Policy Scan is a regular summary of key policy thinking, reports, announcements and consultations:

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Latest Policy Scan - October 2017 (pdf)

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A selection of our articles, blog posts and news.

Five Scottish projects successful in multi-million pound active travel design competition (18/09/17) The Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf MSP, today announced that the five ambitious active travel proposals from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness have all been successful in Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links PLUS competition.  After an intensive three-stage process all five short-listed projects will be awarded a grant of up to 50% of the total project costs.

You can help bring new Cycle Superhighways to London (05/10/17) Two brand new cycle superhighways are on the cards for London. They will make cycling safer and easier for those already cycling in London, as well as help thousands more discover the joys and convenience of cycling.  They could feature fully separated cycle tracks like those on the Embankment or Blackfriars Bridge, along with a range of improved pedestrian crossings. But the plans need your support to get the go ahead.

Cycling safety laws must be part of a broader review of road safety issues (21/09/17) Commenting on the review of cycling safety laws announced by Government today, our CEO Xavier Brice said: “The proposed review is an important step to bring cycling laws up to date and must be a part of a broader review of road safety issues.  There is an urgent need to review how the justice system deals with mistakes, carelessness, recklessness and deliberately dangerous behaviour by all road users.”

National data sources and what they reveal about trends in cycling (20/09/17) Andy Cope writes about the inconsistent results about cycling which have emerged from a number of national level surveys in recent weeks.  Sustrans is confident, based on local studies, that, despite the mixed messages of the national data sources, well-targeted investment is effective.  But investment that is piecemeal and short-term does not yield great results. 

Sustrans Cymru's reaction to Prosperity for All, Welsh Government's new national strategy for Wales (19/09/17) Welcoming the publication of 'Prosperity for All', Steve Brooks National Director for Sustrans Cymru said: The new strategy identifies walking and cycling as an area that's key to Wales' future prosperity and the well-being of its people.  The first key test will be this autumn's budget. Allocating more of the transport budget to walking and cycling for example, will provide greater returns for other areas like economic development and public health.”

Picardy Place: Our position (25/09/17) Since 2013 Sustrans Scotland has been working with City of Edinburgh Council to enhance streetscape designs for Leith Walk. The designs seek to transform these streets into a high quality example of Scottish urban streetscapes, where space has been reprioritised to genuinely support pedestrian and cycling modes of transport.  We feel that the final design for Picardy Place is unsuitable for a number of reasons.  Sustrans Scotland is no longer directly involved with the Picardy Place project and we would like to express our disappointment at this lost opportunity.

Key developments

Revealed: Every Londoner is exposed to dangerous toxic air particles (04/10/17) The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today released shocking new research which reveals that every Londoner in the capital lives in an area exceeding World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the most dangerous toxic particles known as PM2.5.  The research, based on the latest updated London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, also shows that 7.9 million Londoners – nearly 95 per cent of the capital’s population – live in areas of London that exceed the guidelines by 50 per cent or more.

The Government's Programme for Scotland 2017-18 (05/09/17): The Scottish Government proposes to build an Active Nation, boosting investment in walking and cycling and putting active travel at the heart of transport planning:

  • making towns and cities friendlier and safer spaces for pedestrians and cyclists by increasing investment that supports active travel from £40 million to £80 million per year from 2018-19
  • appointing an Active Nation Commissioner to ensure delivery of world-class active travel infrastructure across Scotland
  • stepping up promotion of the use of electric bicycles to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from active travel
  • delivering projects which help older people benefit from the network of walking and cycling routes

Labour pledges to spend £10 per head annually on cycling and walking if elected (26/09/17) Road.cc reports that Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald has said that a future Labour government would spend £10 per person per year on cycling and walking in England.  He made the announcement at a rally organised by Cycling UK and Brighton cycle campaign group Bicycles outside the Labour Party Conference.

The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Urban Mobility Measures (02/09/17) These reports demonstrate the economic value of sustainable urban mobility interventions. Based on the review of a large body of evidence comprising 351 source documents, they present and summarise the available evidence for 22 types of mobility measures.

Charity funded initiative cuts risk of serious ill-health whilst significantly reducing CO2 emissions (14/09/17) A physical activity initiative to tackle sedentary lifestyles is proving successful in getting drivers to ditch their cars and walk or cycle instead. Now, the National Charity Partnership, a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, is encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and walk more often in order to halt or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease.

Funding offer to deliver the North-west Greenway Project (02/10/17) Derry City and Strabane District Council have received a formal letter of offer for €14.85 million from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme to proceed with the North West greenways project that will lead to the provision of 46.5km of new cross border greenways across the Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council regions.

What happens if you turn off the traffic lights? (22/09/17) The Guardian reports that when Amsterdam removed signals from a busy junction, it made journeys faster and interactions more pleasant. Now the approach is being copied across the city.


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