The publication of Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (21 April) is a historic moment, says UK everyday walking charity, Living Streets.
Having campaigned for Government to acknowledge the importance of active travel for years, the charity particularly embraces the commitment to increase walking activity and the percentage of primary school children walking to school to 55 per cent.
Through the charity’s Walk to School campaign, thousands of schools increase the number of children swapping two wheels for two feet on their way to school*. But numbers are still lower than a generation ago, when 70 per cent walked to school.
Joe Irvin, CEO, Living Streets says:
“Publication of Government's first ever Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy is a historic moment. We are pleased that there are targets to increase walking and cycling as National Walking Month approaches this May.
“Making it easier for people to walk their everyday journeys will improve our health, society and prosperity. We now need to turn good intentions into practical progress and help Government step up to the new ambitions.”
*WOW, Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge encourages children to walk to school at least once a week in return for a monthly badge. Badges are designed by pupils in an annual competition and walk to school rates increase by 23 per cent on average in school which run the challenge. This is met with a corresponding drop in car use outside the school gates.
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