13th February 2020
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) has launched a manifesto for cycling and walking. It sets out the key funding and policy priorities needed to increase active travel.
There is a clear case for investment, according to the APPGCW, with £5.50 of benefits for every £1 spent. UK spending of £7.50 per person per year compares with £26 in the Netherlands. Manchester is proposing £50.
There should be a target to increase cycling from 2% of journeys to 10% by the end of the decade, and to 25% as soon as possible thereafter.
The manifesto notes that ebikes have a broader appeal than conventional bikes, and e-cargo bikes could carry about 30% of goods in towns and cities.
The APPGCW puts forward these policy ideas:
- implement local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plans
- review road traffic offences to the law delivers just outcomes for all road users
- a default 20mph speed limit in built-up areas
- greater priority for roads policing
The manifesto closes with these words: "The time is right for bold action - the benefits for citizens and communities across the UK would be profound."