Active Travel Underfunded in England

26th February 2024 / Posted by Guillaume Strebelle

A recent report from the Institute for Public Policy Research sheds light on the underinvestment in active travel initiatives across England.  

Despite the proven benefits of walking and cycling for public health, air quality, and climate change mitigation, these modes of transportation receive only a small fraction of the transportation budget (2%). 

Though London spends relatively generously in terms of active travel infrastructure, the rest of the country lags behind.  

Local authorities face significant barriers due to inadequate resources for developing cycling and walking infrastructure.

The report calls for a reprioritisation of funding and long-term planning to make active travel safer and more accessible for all residents. Urgent action is needed from the government to address this issue and promote walking and cycling as sustainable alternatives to car dependency. 

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