Protesters to target Treasury for cycling and walking budget
Laura Laker December 12 2016
Protesters demanding 10 per cent of England’s transport budget be spent on cycling and walking will target the Treasury early next year, Stop Killing Cyclists has announced.
Funding for cycling is set to drop to 72p per person per year in England by 2020, compared with £86 for motorways and trunk roads, and concerns are growing about the effects of air pollution and inactivity on the UK population’s health.
Stop Killing Cyclists is calling for the Government to invest 5 per cent of the Transport budget to walking and cycling from 2017, rising to 10 per cent by 2020, in a bid to tackle lethal levels of air pollution in towns and cities. The protest is planned for Saturday February 11 at 1pm.
In a statement, Stop Killing Cyclists (SKC) said: “Air pollution is poisoning millions of people in the UK while human made climate change is a threat to communities all over the world. In our daily lives, road danger means most people do not feel safe cycling on UK roads meaning they miss out on healthy exercise and compounding a health disaster which the NHS will struggle to afford.
The protest takes place on 11 February 1-4pm, meeting at Trafalgar Square, before cycling and walking to the Treasury on Horse Guards Parade. The Facebook event can be found here.