The package, announced by the Department of Transport today, includes funding to build hundreds of miles of high-quality cycle lanes and deliver walking schemes as well as changes to The Highway Code.
The Summer of Cycling and Walking document published today is a response to a boom in walking and cycling during the pandemic, and is part of a commitment to build back greener during the recovery.
Alex Close, Brake's Head of Public Affairs, said:
“This commitment to active transport is very welcome, and will help to make cycling and walking the natural choice for many everyday journeys. Supporting safe and healthy mobility will help our people and towns to prosper, improving health, reducing NHS costs, and contributing to solving the climate crisis.
“Walking, cycling, and public transport should be at the heart of safe and thriving communities. The pandemic enabled many of us to recognise the benefits of more active travel, taking advantage of less traffic on roads. It’s heartening to hear that most people who increased their walking and cycling during this time said they planned to continue doing so.
“It’s vital that Government policies and infrastructure support this in order to bring about lasting change. This substantial increase in cycle networks will encourage more people to get on their bikes and discover the benefits of cycling and walking while reducing the risks from road traffic. Safe routes for active travel, connecting people where they need to go, are essential for reducing the carnage on our roads and building sustainable, liveable communities.
“One of the main barriers to cycling is the perception of road danger, with cyclists and pedestrians more vulnerable compared to others. Updating the Highway Code to give priority to these road users and strengthening guidance for drivers will help to promote safety and give greater confidence.”