Saturday, February 11 2017 – from 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Stop Killing Cyclists Demand investment in cycling and walking for a healthy future.
**Meeting at 1pm outside the National Gallery and walking / riding to the Treasury,
Horse Guards Parade for protest from 2pm.**
We demand the Chancellor substantially increases funding for cycling and walking, rising to 10% of the UK transport budget by the end of this parliament.
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.
Cycling and walking are an essential part of tackling these problems and creating a healthy and sustainable UK. However successive governments have chronically underfunded active travel and current spending plans would further reduce the cycling budget to less than £1 per person in England.
We are asking for the government to commit to significantly increase funding for cycling and walking starting with 5% of the 2017 transport budget and increasing to 10% by 2020. This would include funding for:
– Healthy Neighbourhoods with pollution free streets safe for kids to play out, with motor traffic restricted and ‘rat runs’ blocked.
– Safe Routes to School to allow the next generation to walk and cycle in safety.
– Town Centres devoted to people not dominated by motor traffic, including motor traffic free high streets and improved public transport links.
– Cycle tracks, physically separated from motor traffic, to give people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to cycle, with links to public transport hubs.
Beyond this parliament we are asking for the funding to further increase up to £3bn per year by 2025, to reach 20% of the transport budget – the UN’s recommended minimum.