A briefing statement
The UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) recommends a “major
shift away from cars in favour of active travel: walking, cycling
and public transport” in order to reduce the health harms of
road transport and improve the health of the population and
The general public are concerned about the
negative impacts of car use on congestion and the environment
as well as health.
Sixtyeight percent of people make a journey
of less than two miles by car at least once a week and 40% say
they make a journey by car that could be done by active
This public health imperative and public support for
change provides an opportunity for local authorities to take
action. As local authorities face financial challenges this is an
area which delivers a wide range of cobenefits for health, the
environment, the economy and communities.
This short document provides some evidenceled practical
advice for policy makers and planners in local authorities,
particularly those covering urban areas and towns.