Living Streets, the charity for everyday walking, welcomes today’s announcement on the new Sustainable Travel Transition Year funding (Monday, 15 February).

The Department for Transport (DfT) has allocated £20m to promote sustainable and active travel, which includes walking and cycling.

In today’s announcement, DfT declared that these funds will go towards:

-       Improving access to work, training and education

-       Supporting cycling and walking


In the future walking will become ever more important to protect our health and that of our planet

Joe Irvin, Living Streets CEO

Living Streets’ Chief Executive, Joe Irvin said: “I welcome DfT’s £20m investment in sustainable and active travel this year. Although it’s disappointing that the funds aren’t as substantial as in recent years, when the need and potential is so great, I’m pleased to see a focus on walking and cycling as well as to access to work and education.

“We hope there will be continued support for initiatives to encourage people to walk to school or to work. We have experienced many successes but there is much more work to be done, so that we can all feel the benefits everyday walking brings. In the future walking will become ever more important to protect our health and that of our planet.”

Notes to Editors:

We are Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

We want to create a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution, reducing the risk of preventable illness and social isolation and making walking the natural choice. We believe that a walking nation means progress for everyone.

Our ambition is to get people of all generations to enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings and to ensure all our streets are fit for walking.

For more than 85 years we’ve been a beacon for walking. In our early days our campaigning led to the UK’s first zebra crossings and speed limits. Now our campaigns and local projects deliver real change to overcome barriers to walking and our groundbreaking initiatives such as the world’s biggest Walk to School campaign encourage millions of people to walk.

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