This guide from Public Health England (published 16 May 2016) suggests a range of practical action for local authorities, from overall policy to practical implementation. It highlights the importance of community involvement and sets out steps for transport and public health practitioners.
The Department for Transport has prepared a Draft Cycling and Walking Strategy for consultation, as part of a government effort "to create a walking and cycling nation". The DfT is seeking suggestions and views in a number of specific areas. The consultation closes on 23 May 2016.
We thought it would be useful to provide a summary of the relevant points in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.
Overall there is a 37% reduction in the DfT's operational budget - among the deepest cuts to any department. However, in capital terms the transport budget increases by 50%, with a focus on Network Rail, roads, highway maintenance and HS2. (Further detail can be found in pages 55-56 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 document. See the table on page 55 for budget breakdown.)
Act TravelWise Director Craig Barrack will be delivering a presentation at an important national conference on 14 July, titled 'Policy Priorities for Transport - The Industry's Manifesto to the Conservative Government'. The theme of the presentation itself will be 'Priorities for the UK’s Local Travel Services'.
If you are with a local authority or otherwise involved in local transport, we would like to ask for your input on this presentation. In essence, what should the new Government be doing in terms of sustainable transport? Your views will be incorporated into a coherent message to the new Government.