The Ramblers welcomes Government proposals on vulnerable pedestrian safety

Several people walking along a concrete and paved footpath outdoors 

Today the Government announced the publication of its response to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review. We provided evidence for the review as part of the Walking and Cycling Alliance (WACA).

Our chief executive, Vanessa Griffiths said: 

“This action plan is a really positive step forward towards improving the safety of vulnerable pedestrians – a vital step if we are to move closer to making walking the easy choice for every day journeys, along with the huge benefits that brings for our health and the environment. 

“We particularly welcome the appointment of national Cycling and Walking Champion, which will give new impetus to our collective efforts to get more people walking and cycling. The review of the Highway Code is also an important step making our roads safer for vulnerable users and we look forward to continuing to work with the Department for Transport, local authorities and other partners to implement the plan.”

The Department for Transports 50 point plan to improve road safety for walkers and cyclists included: 

  • A review of guidance in the Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users
  • New investment to support the police to improve enforcement by developing a national back office function to handle footage provided through dash-cam evidence
  • Enforcement against parking in mandatory cycle lanes
  • The appointment of a new Cycling and Walking Champion to raise the profile of Active Travel
  • Encouragement for local authorities to increase investment in cycling and walking infrastructure to 15% of total transport infrastructure spending
  • Working with key cycling and walking organisations to develop a behaviour change campaign alongside the action plan

The Walking and Cycling Alliance is made up of the Bicycle Association, Cycling UK, The Ramblers, British Cycling, Living Streets and Sustrans. The organisations also welcomed the suggestions which will look into providing priority for cyclists and walkers at junctions, clearer guidance on vehicles overtaking cyclists and also guidance on the ‘Dutch reach’.

The Alliance is calling for Government to bring about five changes to make our roads safer for pedestrians and people on bikes:

  • Safety: revise the Highway Code to improve safety for people walking and cycling, particularly at junctions
  • Speed: reduce default speed limits to 20 mph for most roads in built-up areas and 40 mph for most minor rural roads
  • Space: adopt and ensure consistent application of existing ‘best-in-class’ infrastructure design standards
  • Priority: prohibit pavement parking to create safer and more accessible streets
  • Culture: provide cycle training for all primary and secondary school children, and embed a culture of walking and cycling throughout the school curriculum

Read the full Department for Transport Response to the Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy Safety Review.

Jennifer King


Where is the issue of wheelie bins left on pavements dealt with?
More and more Local Authorities are issuing wheelie bins. My Local Authority has just delivered 2 per household delivered. A major part of the urban built environment has very little external storage area withing the dwelling curtilage. The Local Authorities ignore this resulting in rows and rows of wheelie bins left on the pavements. To my mind this is more of an issue than pavement parking. Vehicles are moved so are not always blocking the pavements whereas the wheelie bins, once there, are there all the time. In bad weather they get blown over further blocking the pavement and sometimes the road.
It is all very well to encourage the elimination of pavement parking but not acceptable to ignore the creation of other obstacles.
I can't find that anyone is addressing this.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


1.Are these proposals to cover all of the UK , or just England and Wales ?

2. I am afraid even in the City of Glasgow where streets were built long before the ownership of so many cars [ or even of ANY cars ]! Pavement parking has to happen or the road itself would be inaccessible to cars in general.

Karine Davison


Sorry !!!! you will see from all the postings from me below, that the site did NOT indicate that anything had been added , hence the number of attempts ! Perhaps that is an issue in itself ?

Also seems to be no way to delete now that I see this, or indeed amend, if one realises a mistake has been made in the submission.