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Sustrans toolbox to help boost walking and cycling

Words: Simon Wicks
Man cycling

An active travel ‘toolbox’ to help local authorities argue for, and improve, walking and cycling schemes has been launched by Sustrans.

The free resource includes guides, tools and case studies, and is organised into three areas:

  • Making the economic case for active travel;
  • Linking active travel and public transport to housing growth; and
  • Planning the role of active travel in improving health.

Each area is supported by three practical ‘tools’ for planners and policymakers, which look at the infrastructure impact, the economic benefit and the impact and cost of ‘multi-intervention investment’.

The toolbox has been written by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, along with walking charity Living Streets, transport consultancy TAS Partnership and Dr Adrian Davis, an expert on the health impacts of road transport and active travel at the University of the West of England.

Its aim is to bring together information and resources for local government to develop a business case for walking and cycling, plan and deliver active travel schemes in their area and link walking and cycling schemes to planning and public health.

Jason Torrance, England policy director at Sustrans, said: “There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates investment in walking and cycling has many economic, social, health and environmental benefits and so it must be prioritised.

“Governments have begun to recognise this, recently with the publication of England’s first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (pdf). The challenge now is to deliver change locally.”

According to the Department for Transport’s 2015 National Travel Survey (pdf), worsening congestion in UK cities is costing the economy £11 billion a year. The economic cost of obesity is estimated to be £27 billion a year.

Download the Active Travel Toolbox from the Sustrans website