The Government has published its second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) aimed at making walking and cycling the natural choices for short journeys.

The first-ever CWIS, published in April 2017, had a target of 300 walking ‘stages’ per person per year. Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking has been calling for a more ambitious target. This has been reflected in the second strategy, which sees the walking target increased to 365.

CWIS 2 also maintains a target of 55 per cent of primary school aged children walking to school by 2025.

Woman crossing the road

Stephen Edwards, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:

“It’s fantastic to see a commitment to increase the number of people walking and wheeling their everyday journeys. One walking ‘stage’ per person, per day is much more ambitious and reflects what a lot of us were doing during the lockdowns to stay happy, healthy and connected. The long-term, stable investment the Government has committed to date needs to be maintained if these targets are to be met.

“The Government has a target for half of all journeys in towns and cities to be walked or cycled by 2030.

“The Government needs to continue to support behaviour change initiatives, including walk to school programmes,, alongside capital investment to improve our streets. Better crossings, clutter-free pavements and low traffic schemes can all make walking a safer and more attractive alternative for this generation and those to come.”