National Infrastructure report should place more emphasis on active travel over motorways

York Cycle Bridge. Photo: Matt Hodges
Cycling UK welcomed the National Infrastructure Commission report’s call for further investment into high-quality cycle networks, but urged the Government to shift its transport funding priorities towards investing in local solutions involving walking and cycling.

Roger Geffen MBE, Policy Director at Cycling UK, the national cycling charity said:

"The National Infrastructure Commission rightly calls for more investment in high-quality cycle networks. Investing in more monster motorways would only worsen the congestion and pollution which is throttling our towns and cities. Instead we need a massive shift of transport funding priorities towards simple local solutions. 

“Good cycle schemes are an incredibly cost-effective way to deliver clean air, safe streets, people-friendly town-centres and the freedom for young and old alike to get around easily without relying on cars. It's a magic cure for so many ills, and Ministers really need to prescribe it for everyone's benefit."


Notes to Editors:

  1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.
  2. For more information on the National Infrastructure Commission go to:

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