The Walking and Cycling Alliance (WACA) has responded to the Government announcement today of an extra £5 billion for walking, cycling and buses. The statement reads:
"The Government has set out its ambition to make a vital difference to people's live in towns and cities across England by making it easier for anyone to choose to cycle or walk.
We will of course examine the details of the funding closely to be assured that there is sufficient investment in active travel to meet the Government's Cycling Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) but this promise of long-term funding is coming at exactly the right time.
It has never been more important to make it easier to walk and cycle - to tackle climate change, poor air-quality, crippling congestion, and the mental and physical health of the nation. The evidence is clear and people want to do it, what has been lacking is the investment and ambition to make it safe and easy for everyone.
The emphasis on quality infrastructure is to be applauded, and we look forward to working with national and local government, and communities across the country to ensure that this investment is the start of a real transformation in how we get around.
Walking is an essential part of the mix along with cycling and buses. Walking is a free and accessible mode of travel, and investment in making our streets easier to walk in creates more liveable and fairer places for all of us."
We understand that this announcement includes new funding for walking but have not yet seen the details. We will continue to work with partners and the Government to ensure walking and access to nature remain a priority in the forthcoming budget.
WACA is an alliance of walking and cycling organisations including the Ramblers, Living Streets, Sustrans, Cycling UK, British Cycling and the Bike Association.