The Government is to appoint a national walking and cycling commissioner and inspectorate for England. A long-term active travel budget similar to the five-year budget for Highways England will also be created.
Announcing the proposals, transport secretary Grant Shapps also promised “legal changes to protect vulnerable road users”, and said the Government would create at least one “zero-emission city,” with its centre restricted to bikes and electric vehicles.
More details will be announced in a revamped cycling and walking investment strategy to be launched by the Prime Minister in early June.
Shapps also announced the launch of a £250m fund for active travel schemes, the first part of a £2bn expenditure to encourage walking and cycling.
The Government is keen to promote active travel as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed. It has just published statutory guidance promoting temporary active travel schemes for local authorities in England.
Trials of e-Scooters are also to be fast-tracked because of Covid-19.
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