‘Moving the Nation’ manifesto also calls for high-quality cycling infrastructure, a Highway Code overhaul and a 20mph limit on local streets
James GrovesJun 28, 2018
Lower default speed limits to 20mph for most roads in built-up areas, and 40mph for the most minor rural roads to make our roads and streets safer for everyone.
Adopt and ensure consistent application of existing ‘best-in-class’ infrastructure design standards to create safe, attractive and inviting places for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle.
Revise the Highway Code to improve safety for people walking and cycling, particularly at junctions.
Prohibit pavement parking to create safer and more accessible streets.
Provide cycle training for all children during their primary and secondary school years and embed a culture of walking and cycling throughout the school curriculum.
Sustrans CEO Xavier Brice said: “For too long now, our towns and cities have been designed around cars and motor vehicles, leaving them unsafe, unattractive and difficult to move around on foot or by bike.
“Sustrans advocated for the Cycling and Investment Strategy, and with the launch of the manifesto, we want to ensure it is strengthened so that walking and cycling becomes the natural and realistic choice of transport for everyone, regardless of age, gender and ethnicity.
“Today, we are setting out a tangible vision of what good would look like and are calling on the UK Government to take urgent action, to unlock the incredible benefits in terms of health and economy which walking and cycling can deliver.”
Also speaking at the launch was Chris Boardman, who last year was appointed Greater Manchester’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner by Metro-Mayor Andy Burnham.