Laura Laker July 10 2016
Safe cycling and walking routes to schools are key to tackling childhood inactivity, says sustainable transport charity Sustrans’ new chief executive.
Xavier Brice, who took over the role from Malcolm Shepherd in January, said there needs to be linked routes from existing cycle networks to primary and secondary school gates and homes so more children can cycle or walk to school.
Recent research from Sustrans shows children spend almost half the amount of time playing that their parents did, and Brice says the rest of the country needs to follow London’s lead in creating a safe cycling network.
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Brice joined Sustrans from Transport for London, where he designed a cycling strategy, which led to the introduction of the Cycle Superhighways and Cycle Hire Scheme.