Coronavirus: LGA on measures to promote cycling and walking

“Council are leading local efforts to protect communities from coronavirus and will be central to the nation's recovery. We are pleased the Government has announced measures today to allow councils to help the country transition to the new way we will need to travel around, including to and from work."


A cyclist riding in the countryside

Responding to measures announced by the Transport Secretary at today’s Downing Street briefing to encourage walking and cycling, Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association transport spokesman, said:

“Council are leading local efforts to protect communities from coronavirus and will be central to the nation's recovery. We are pleased the Government has announced measures today to allow councils to help the country transition to the new way we will need to travel around, including to and from work.

“This new way of travelling is likely to become part of everyday life once the coronavirus measures are lifted and beyond.

"If we are to achieve a sustained increase in active and cleaner travel, councils need long-term certainty of infrastructure funding. Local control over infrastructure and public transport budgets would enable them to deliver the widespread improvements to promote more active travel. 

“This will not only improve public health but will reduce congestion and pollution and enable the creation of safe and attractive public transport networks.”