We are pleased to see the Government's first-ever strategy for investing in walking. Far too often walking is overlooked as a means of transport. This is a big step in the right direction.
The newly-launched Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) sees the Government finally acknowledge that walking is worth investing in and that it’s of growing importance to the way we plan our streets, neighbourhoods, towns and cities.
The commitment to producing a CWIS came about as part of the Infrastructure Act 2015 following campaigning from Living Streets and our partners.
So often we take walking for granted. So it is fantastic that the Government has just published its long awaited Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS). A walking nation means progress for everyone.
Walking levels have been in long-term decline, with people walking 30% less than they did just 20 years ago.
The Government’s ambition, set out in the CWIS, is to make cycling and walking the natural choices for short journeys, or as part of a longer journey.
The launch of the CWIS is a positive step by Government that will enable more people to walk and cycle, improving our health and the quality of our local environments.
This is a momentous moment for movement. However, there is a lot more to do to reverse the decline in walking; Living Streets will continue to work with national and local government to deliver on those ambitions.
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