Policy Scan

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

July 2019 edition

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Children at risk of day-long exposure to polluted air inside and outside London classrooms

Sustrans has collaborated on a new report, which has been published by Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL). Entitled “Healthy Air, Healthier Children," it shows the air quality inside - as well as outside - primary schools across Europe must be improved to protect children’s health and ensure optimal learning.

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Dublin inspired by UK Bike Life initiative to chart cycling progress in the city

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has announced the Dublin Metropolitan Area is to join the Bike Life programme. Dublin will now join 17 UK cities and urban areas, in the Bike Life programme which began in 2015 and reports every two years on cycling progress.

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Key policy developments


Scrapped plans for a vital walking and cycle bridge: Sustrans responds to Transport for London announcing it has scrapped plans for a new walking and cycle Thames crossing from Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe.

Walking and Cycling portrayed negatively in over 60% of media articles: New research by Sustrans Scotland has revealed active travel continues to be portrayed in the media as risky and unsafe.

Governments should make it as easy to quit driving as to recycle: (26/06/19) Alex Quayle writes for City Metric.

Other sector news

The case for a UK incentive for E-bikes: The UK is falling behind in failing to promote electric pedalling alongside electric cars, says the Bicycle Association.

Potential for e-cargo bikes to reduce congestion and pollution from vans in cities: Evidence shows that up to 30% of commercial van journeys in urban areas could be substituted by e-cargo bike deliveries.

Guide to Inclusive Cycling: Wheels for Wellbeing, revealed the second iteration of the charity’s widely-regarded publication.

Copenhaganise City Index 2019: Publication of the Copenhagenize Index of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities.

Shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK: Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions first major report which proposes actions to strengthen and deliver the commitments in the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.

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