A ban on pavement parking and introducing 20mph limits on local streets are among measures recommended in a new manifesto published by an alliance of cycling and walking organisations.
Betweem them, the Bicycle Association, Cycling UK, the Ramblers, British Cycling, Living Streets and Sustrans have a combined membership of more than 330,000 people and span every form of walking and cycling, from the school run to Olympic success.
Launching the ‘Moving the Nation’ manifesto on 28 June, the partners are calling for a future where everybody in the UK can live, work and play in places that are ‘healthy, vibrant and that make walking and cycling the natural choice for short journeys’.
Focussing on five areas, the manifesto calls for a ban on pavement parking, high quality cycling infrastructure, a 20mph limit on local streets and an overhaul of the Highway Code.
The manifesto also urges the Government to provide cycle training for all children during their primary and secondary school years, and to embed a culture of walking and cycling throughout the school curriculum.
Xavier Brice, chief executive of Sustrans, said: “For too long now our towns and cities have been designed around cars and motor vehicles, leaving them unsafe, unattractive and difficult to move around on foot or by bike.
“Sustrans advocated for the Cycling and Investment Strategy, and with the launch of the manifesto, we want to ensure it is strengthened so that walking and cycling becomes the natural and realistic choice of transport for everyone, regardless of age, gender and ethnicity.”
Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “Getting around on foot or by bike has a transformational effect on our local neighbourhoods but also on our collective health and wellbeing.
“In spite of this, consistently across several Governments, we’ve seen a lack of leadership and far too little investment in new infrastructure to make it safe and easy to do.
“We’re making major changes across Greater Manchester but we’d like to see it happen everywhere and that needs national action, now, supported by Government.”
Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling, said: “More people cycling and walking will reduce congestion, lower the costs of ill health on the NHS, and make our local communities safer and more pleasant places to be.
“By speaking out for the first time with one voice, we have set out a clear vision for the future which will help our country become happier, healthier and greener.”