Achieving safety, sustainability and health goals in transport

The long term decline in active travel, particularly walking, and the increases in obesity show that significant and structural change is needed. Behavioural change initiatives are not enough. While cycling has become the poster-boy of sustainable transport, walking lags behind, despite its much wider potential appeal and benefits. It is also a higher priority for casualty reduction. Public transport also seems to be failing to capitalise on its safety and health advantages. This report calls on the Government to show more leadership and joined-up working at national level and to recognise that the desired changes (healthier lifestyles, more active travel, safer road use) will require long-term planning and investment in physical infrastructure. It is imperative that the efforts to encourage walking and cycling are accompanied by safer infrastructure provision, effective speed management and improved road user training. The report also calls for the Departments of Transport and Health to jointly publish improved information about walking and cycling journeys and the health benefits and risks of the main travel modes. At local level it recommends a series of measures to improve cross-sector working and understanding.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 55p

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  • Accession Number: 01524996
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 19 2014 12:43PM