Thank you for contacting me about active travel.
I commend you on your efforts to make at least five active journeys in a fortnight and agree that the benefits of active travel are wide-ranging.
I welcome that to build on considerable recent investment, Ministers have pledged to invest an additional £2 billion in cycling and walking and committed to publish a national cycling plan, as well as an updated Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.
The first stage of this £2 billion investment will be a £250 million emergency active travel fund. The Fund will deliver new pop-up cycle lanes with protected space for cycling, cycle and bus-only corridors, safer junctions and wider pavements. Furthermore, a £50 'Fix Your Bike Voucher' will be introduced, which is expected to help up to half-a-million people to bring bikes out of retirement.
New statutory guidance has also been issued to councils to ensure they are able to reallocate road space for significantly increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians. As the country opens up again, local authorities can implement 20mph speed limits in association with other measures to encourage more cycling and walking too. Just introducing 20mph speed limits will not in itself be sufficient to meet the needs of active travel, but in consort with other measures could provide a more attractive and safer environment for walking and cycling.
In addition, the Government is investing around £2.5 billion with grants available for ultra-low emission vehicles, as well as funding to support charge point infrastructure. Ministers are also consulting on bringing forward the end to the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans from 2040 to 2035, or earlier if a faster transition appears feasible. Trials of rental electric scooters have also been brought forward.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP