Ahead of the 2019 General Election, Sustrans is calling on all political parties to take bold action on road transport emissions and prioritise walking and cycling.
In its election manifesto, published on 5 November, Sustrans says walking and cycling need to become ‘the easiest and most convenient option’ for more people, regardless of gender and age.
The charity is calling for the next Government to provide ‘sustained long-term investment’ – with at least 5% of the transport budget to be spent on active travel by 2020/21, rising to 10% before 2024/25.
Additionally, the manifesto urges an annual £72m investment in the National Cycle Network.
The manifesto goes on to recommend that the Government commits to a 20-minute neighbourhood planning principle for all cities and towns – wherein residents are within a 20-minute walk from their everyday services and needs.
It also backs the implementation of a 20mph default speed limit in all built-up areas and a ban on pavement parking.
Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans, said: “This manifesto sets out clear asks for the next Government to show leadership on curbing road transport emissions and make walking and cycling the easiest and most convenient options for more people, regardless of gender, age and abilities as a matter of urgency.
“Neighbourhoods where people live within a 20-minute walk of everyday services will be critical to creating a healthy, zero-carbon future for everyone.”