Cycling, Road Safety and Sustainability



Cycling, Road Safety and Sustainability

Authors

OSBORNE P, SUSTRANS, UK

Description

The UK now has a new Integrated transport strategy which aims to bring together the needs of different transport users and establish a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system. This strategy recognises the part that walking and cycling can play, p

Abstract

The UK now has a new Integrated transport strategy which aims to bring together the needs of different transport users and establish a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system. This strategy recognises the part that walking and cycling can play, particularly for short urban journeys and those linking with longer trips by public transport. Over half of all journeys in the UK are under three miles and walking and cycling are the most sustainable options requiring less consumption of resources, space, and (frequently) time than other travel modes. Looking beyond the physical environment, planning for a truly sustainable future requires that we address issues of health, equity, income and local democracy. By promoting transport which is active, at speeds which enable positive interaction with residents and other travellers, communities have the opportunity to become inclusive, healthy, richer, safer and able to plan for a long term future.

This ideal has not been lost on the British Government and, probably for the first time, pro cycling and walking policies are being drawn up across departments including Health, Education and Employment as well as Environment and Transport. There is an understandable concern however, that promoting 'vulnerable' modes of travel, in what for many is still a car-dominated environment, could be both irresponsible and naive. Nowhere is th~s fear more prevalent than when it concerns young people and yet, this is the very age group where most of our efforts should be focussed. For this reason, this discussion will focus on the transport and safety needs of young people under the age of 18 years.

Publisher

Association for European Transport