In an open letter, a coalition of charities and professional organisations have asked for a reversal in proposed cuts to active travel budgets. Transport Secretary Mark Harper has proposed a two-thirds reduction in capital investment. The cuts would make it impossible for the government to reach 2050 net-zero targets.
The coalition includes over 118 cycle training providers and the Walking and Cycling Alliance. The proposed cuts come as Sustrans research estimates that active travel contributed £36.5bn to the economy in 2021. It has saved 2.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions with 14.6 million cars coming off the road.
The risk is that without consistent investment, there are likely to be greater risks to public health and missed opportunities for long-term economic development and cost-savings.
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