Government 'Active Travel Strategy' encourages cycling and walking

Women by canal Credit: Farid Tejani/Creative Exposures

photo Cyclodelic Cycling and walking should play a key role in improving public health and reducing CO2 emissions


The Government's Active Travel Strategy, published by the Department for Health and the Department for Transport, says cycling can improve health, increase productivity, and promote social interaction and well-being.

LCC communications officer Mike Cavenett said, "Recent evidence from The Lancet, the Chief Medical Officer, and now the Government argues that cycle promotion is a cost-effective policy that can improve communities.

"Now we need decision-makers willing to follow up this evidence with strong policies, including reallocating road space to cycling and walking."

The Active Travel Strategy says:

"More active travel can bring business benefits – a healthier, more active workforce means reduced absenteeism and increased productivity, and reduced congestion means better journey time reliability."
page 7

"People who are physically active reduce their risk of developing major chronic diseases – such as coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes – by up to 50%, and the risk of premature death by about 20–30%."
page 17

"In addition to improving physical health, walking or cycling promotes social interaction, which leads to an improved sense of well being and quality of life."
page 18

"The Manual For Streets emphasises the need to design streets as social spaces and represents a step change in design guidance encouraging more active travel by putting pedestrians and cyclists right at the top of the road user hierarchy."
page 47

Comments

A strategy is "an elaborate and systemic plan of action". This is not a strategy by that definition: it's a wishy-washy mix of decades-old medical evidence, hope and aspiration backed by nothing new in the way of investments, policies or laws. The Highways Agency and local authorities are free to ignore every single word of this document, and continue with the street design priorities which have failed to deliver a meaningful increase in cycling or walking for 20 years.
Jim, SW19

Replies

  • By Tomm at 11:57am 19 March 2015
Thanks for sharing this awesome article. google sniper 3.0

That is very interesting Smile I love reading and I Cipto Junaedy always searching for informative information like this Jadwal MotoGP 2015. This is exactly what I was looking for Cara Upload Video ke Youtube.  Really this system so amazing. Cipto Junaedy  so happy to browsing this BBM Untuk Android Versi Terbaru. Simply fill out a quick and easy application, and you'll be on your way to getting your new Cara Membuat Email  and Cara Instal Windows 7 avoiding Thanks for sharing this great article . Don't forget for reading the articles about Jinpoker.com Agen Judi Poker Online dan Domino Online Indonesia Terpercaya. And I encourage you to bookmark the following page if Cahayapoker.com Agen Judi Poker Dan Domino Uang Asli Online Terpercaya Indonesia considered important ... Regards

Post a reply

Sign in to post a reply.