Sustrans says is a selection of our recent policy-related articles, blog posts and news.
Lee Craigie appointed as Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland (20/12/18) We welcome the appointment of Lee Craigie. This is a significant step in recognising the importance of active travel for the future of the country. Craigie is an inspirational figure in the world of cycling. Not only as an impressive competitor and endurance rider but also as an advocate for the therapeutic and social aspects of cycling and being outdoors.
Oxford Street Place Strategy lacks vision and ambition (07/12/18) Sustrans is deeply disappointed by Westminster City Council’s Place Strategy for the Oxford Street District, which lacks vision, ambition, and the measures needed to deliver a world-class public space. We are urging our supporters to join us in letting Westminster know that their plans are not good enough.
Sustrans response to NICE proposed guidelines on physical activity (06/01/19) We welcome the proposed new quality standard from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which puts the needs of our most vulnerable road users first. For too long roads in our towns and cities have been dominated by cars. A shift to people-prioritised streets will not only encourage more of the public to travel actively but also help to create safer environments for everyone to move around in.
What is the carbon emission reduction potential of active travel? (04/01/19) New research shows that, taking into account individual travel patterns and constraints, walking or cycling can realistically substitute for 41% of short car trips, saving nearly 5% of CO2e emissions from car travel. This is on top of 5% of ‘avoided’ emissions from cars due to existing walking and cycling.