Active travel means making journeys by physically active means, like walking or cycling. Given active travel is a devolved policy area, this briefing relates primarily to active travel policies in England.Jump to full report >>
Active travel means making journeys by physically active means, like walking or cycling. The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, published in 2017, is the Government’s strategy to promote walking and cycling in England. Given active travel is a devolved policy area, this briefing relates primarily to active travel policies in England.
Benefits of Active travel
Investing in active travel can bring environmental, health and economic benefits:
Facilitating active travel
Not all towns and cities are designed to be conducive to active travel. Some 62% of adults aged 18+ in England agreed that “it is too dangerous for me to cycle on the roads” while busy roads may deter parents from letting their children walk to school. Thoughtful urban design, and creating integrated transport systems that promote walking and cycling, could encourage people to choose active means of travel.
Government policy: Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, England
The Government published its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy in April 2017. This Strategy sets out the Government’s “ambition that cycling and walking are the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey.” The Strategy:
The ambitions in the Strategy were broadly welcomed by walking and cycling charities, but many felt that there were insufficient financial resources available. In particular, many groups felt more funding was needed to support Local Authorities implement their LCWIPs.
Devolved active travel policies
The Scottish Assembly and Welsh Assembly have legislative competence for active travel. The Scottish Government has published its Long-Term Vision for Active Travel in Scotland 2030 and is investing £80m on active travel in 2019-20. The Welsh Government passed the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 published its Active Travel Action Plan for Wales in 2016.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-8615
Authors: David Hirst; Noel Dempsey