Stand up for cycling and walking

Please pledge your support for an increase in investment in cycling and walking across the UK to at least 5% of transport spending next year, rising to at least 10% within five years.

Like many of your potential constituents, I am passionate about better cycling and walking conditions. I am therefore hugely disappointed that despite the efforts of nearly 200 MPs, who wrote to the Transport Minister about the urgent need for more investment in cycling and walking, we’re still waiting for them!

That’s why I’m asking you to pledge your support for increased investment for active travel over the next five years.

We’re facing climate, pollution, congestion and inactivity related public health crises, part of the solution to which is more money for cycling and walking to create healthier streets, towns and places which are better for people, communities and businesses.

Please stand up for cyclingwalking, and a healthier future, and pledge your support for an increase in investment in cycling and walking across the UK to at least 5% of transport spending next year, rising to at least 10% within five years.
Please pledge your support for an increase in investment in cycling and walking across the UK to at least 5% of transport spending next year, rising to at least 10% within five years at https://survey.cyclinguk.org/151168?token=4yIHS1wsM7vJWYbCrUYQ.

Answer:

Walking and cycling have so many environmental, health and social benefits that you'd have to be crazy not to want more of it. But sadly most funding for cycling and walking infrastructure is focused on big cities. The high hedges of Cornwall's lanes mean that for far too many people in our rural communities, the only safe way to leave the village is on four wheels. We need to change that by building far more dedicated footpaths and cycle paths.

On Cornwall Council, I have worked with Lib Dem colleagues to deliver new cycle routes in various places around the Duchy, including in the Looe Valley.

Long-term plans for improving safety on the A38 include creating new dual carriageways from Saltash to Trerulefoot and from Dobwalls to Bodmin. This may not seem like a cycle-friendly option, but of course it would remove 95% of the traffic from the old roads through Landrake, Tideford and the Glynn Valley making them, perfect for safe walking and cycling.

 

Liberal Democrats will invest in public transport, improving its reliability and affordability, reform the planning systems to reduce the need to travel and promote cycling and walking. We will:

  • Give new powers to local authorities and communities to improve transport in their areas, including the ability to introduce network-wide ticketing, like in London.
  • Implement, in cooperation with local authorities, light rail schemes for trams and tram-trains where these are appropriate solutions to public transport requirements.
  • Restore bus routes and add new routes where there is local need; we will provide £4.5 billion over five years for this programme.
  • Introduce a nationwide strategy to promote walking and cycling, including the creation of dedicated safe cycling lanes, increasing spending per head five-fold to reach 10 per cent of the transport budget.
  • Build on the successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund established by the Liberal Democrats when in government, and workplace travel plans, to reduce the number of cars – particularly single-occupancy cars – used for commuting, and encourage the development of car-sharing schemes and car clubs and autonomous vehicles for public use.
  • Amend planning rules to promote sustainable transport and land use.
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