A Manifesto for Walking sets out key asks of candidates, including a default 20mph limit in built-up areas, more car-free zones, and measures to reduce pavement clutter and create more space for people walking.
Pedestrians account for more than a third (39%) of fatalities on built up roads in West Yorkshire and 35% of serious injuries. In 2019, more than 253 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads. Meanwhile, poor air quality contributes to around 1,000 deaths a year in the region.
Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:
“During lockdown, we have rediscovered the simple act of walking – the oldest, cheapest and greenest transport there is. But people are worried about speeding vehicles, dirty air, cluttered pavements, and dangerous crossings.
“It doesn’t have to be like this. By standing up for pedestrians, candidates can tackle road danger, air pollution and health problems. We look forward to being joined by the Mayoral candidates to hear first-hand how they plan to make West Yorkshire a place where people can move and breathe freely.”