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Plans to increase active travel welcomed

The government has detailed how it will spend £2 billion on increasing the numbers of people walking and cycling for travel.

Following the government’s further detailing of how they intend to invest £2 billion into active travel, we're looking forward to influencing what happens next.

The investment was first announced in May, but recently (27 July 2020) saw them give more details on their long-term manifesto for cycling and walking.

It will have a key focus on safety by improving cycling lanes and offering more training to help both cyclists and pedestrians feel safer, so that they’re more likely to choose active forms of travel for both leisure, fitness and commuting. 

A woman cycles in a cycle lane in Manchester.

The investment will also see bikes made available through the NHS, with GPs prescribing cycling to people in poor health and making bikes available at local surgeries, including e-bikes. 

The announcement comes after we released figures last week showing cycling and walking to be two of the activities people are intending to do more of as lockdown is lifted.

And our executive director with responsibility for active travel, Charles Johnston, has welcomed the manifesto and its ambitions to transform the nation’s cycling and walking infrastructure and improve access to bikes.

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