Active Travel England guides councils toward “constrained” infrastructure cash – Cycle Industry News
Mark Sutton 5 August 2022
Active Travel England has begun sending all England’s councils guidance on how to plan, obtain funding and build quality infrastructure as part of the ambition to see 50% of short trips undertaken either walking or cycling by 2050.
Writing today on the long road ahead, Active Travel England has asked councils to begin grading themselves against benchmarks it has created to measure “local leadership, supportive transport policy and their track record on delivery.”
Pairing the self-assessment with track record and performance data already held by the Department for Transport used to inform current funding allocations, the newly-formed body will now rank authorities on a grade of one to four, four being the metric for high levels of leadership, ambitions and delivery. The active travel org expects most councils at the present time to rank at one out of four, though reassessments will be undertaken on an annual basis in order that progress is fairly measured.