Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (13 November 2020) given councils across England a further £175 million to create safe space for cycling and walking as surveys and independent polls show strong public support for high-quality schemes.
The new money, part of the £2 billion announced for cycling and walking in May, will fund measures including:
- ‘School Streets’, where streets around schools are closed to motorists at school times
- low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), where residential side streets are closed to through traffic to stop rat-running
- segregated cycle lanes
- pedestrian improvements
These will give people more opportunities to choose cycling and walking for their day-to-day journeys, as part of wider government plans to boost active travel.
At the Bikeability Trust, we support active travel initiatives that help encourage children and adults to cycle more often and more safely.
We know from the 3.5 million children we have trained in Bikeability that cycle training gives them confidence, independence, and a mental and physical health boost.
Most parents we speak to are worried about road safety – our training can boost their confidence and, when combined with initiatives like pop up bike lanes and cycle corridors, ensure that both children and parents enjoy cycling as a lifelong skill.
Find out more about the Active Travel Fund and what it means for you in the below video, from the Department for Transport
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