LGA responds to £338 million government investment in walking and cycling

“Councils are at the heart of promoting and enabling more sustainable local journeys, and more government support for cycle lanes and new Highway Code guidance to make it safer on the roads will help us deliver safer cycling options to get more people on their bikes."


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Responding to the Government’s commitment to additional investment in walking and cycling and a strengthening of the Highway Code to protect cyclists and pedestrians, Cllr Darren Rodwell, Transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said:

“Councils are at the heart of promoting and enabling more sustainable local journeys, and more government support for cycle lanes and new Highway Code guidance to make it safer on the roads will help us deliver safer cycling options to get more people on their bikes.

“Transport is the biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK and thousands of people are prematurely killed every year from traffic related pollution. The UK cannot meet its climate change targets and clean its toxic air without increasing cycling levels – this requires more safe, segregated cycling infrastructure and new rules for safer roads to encourage more people to take up cycling.  

“However, if councils are to be able to continue to drive greener forms of transport across the country, it is important that the Government’s upcoming Spending Review goes even further and provides longer term funding certainty.”