Sustrans says

Sustrans says is a selection of our recent policy-related articles, blog posts and news.

Nearly two thirds of UK teachers want car-free roads outside schools (25/03/19) Nearly two thirds (63%) of teachers would support a ban on motor vehicles outside the school gates during school drop off and pick up times, new figures reveal. A YouGov poll carried out for Sustrans, surveyed 840 teaching professionals across the UK about their attitudes towards air pollution and the actions they think should be taken to improve air quality outside the school gates. More than half (59%) of those surveyed want the Government to take urgent action to improve air quality near schools.

Sustrans join call for 20mph in urban areas in open letter to Scottish First Minister (26/03/19) Sustrans Scotland, along with 24 other organisations, have written to the First Minister to call for leadership and her support of the Safer Streets Bill. National leadership on the issue of 20mph would ensure an approach that is more equitable, more cost-effective, and offers the greatest scope to reduce casualties.

Public Health England’s air quality review a significant step forward – Sustrans response (11/03/19) Public Health England has published Air Quality Interventions Evidence Review, which outlines a set of recommendations on how the government can improve air quality, including banning cars outside schools, investing more in clean public transport and foot and cycle paths as well as introducing road pricing. Dr Andy Cope, Director of Insight, Research & Monitoring at Sustrans, who has contributed to the Review said: “This review is a significant step forward in providing clear guidance to tackle all forms of air pollution, including road transport emissions.”

Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy - Sustrans response (19/03/19) Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans, commented on the Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy which has been launched by Department for Transport: “We very much welcome that the strategy puts walking and cycling at the heart of future urban mobility, one of nine sound principles the UK Government has defined to facilitate innovation in urban mobility. The future of our towns and cities depends on our ability to move around sustainably and on solutions that have a better impact on public health, congestion and urban space.”

£21m Government funding boost for the National Cycle Network (21/03/19) Cycling Minister Jesse Norman has announced a £21m investment to improve significant on and off-road stretches of the 16,575-mile National Cycle Network, as part of a multimillion pound investment to improve cycling and walking around the country, cut down emissions and improve safety.  The investment will fund dozens of activation projects for upgrading the Network - which were identified in the Paths for Everyone report. Communities across England will benefit from upgrades to existing cycle routes and improved cycleway connectivity.

Jools Walker on women and cycling (28/03/19) In March 2019, Sustrans held a roundtable discussion on women and cycling. One speaker was Jools Walker - the Vélo-City-Girl blogger seeking to tackle mainstream gender norms in cycling. Jools shares her perspectives in this blog. From the same event Joanna Ward a Transport Planner from Waterman Group also shares her thoughts on the need to refocus on how our transport can be planned, built and used for everyone.

How can we engage children in addressing the biggest threats to their health and to their future? (20/03/19) The burning of fossil fuel may represent the biggest threat to the health of our children and is a primary source of global inequality and environmental injustice. What can we do to counter these challenges? How can we engage children in promoting agendas for change?