Long-term Active Travel Vision launched by Minister

Posted by Katie Wright / 20/11/2014

Transport-Scotland-logo1Transport Minister Keith Brown has unveiled the Scottish Government’s long term vision for active travel in Scotland to 2030.

The vision aims to encourage more people to walk and cycle for everyday shorter journeys.

It focuses on areas such as infrastructure, transport integration, cultural and behaviour change, community ownership and planning.

Commenting on the announcement, Keith Irving, Chief Executive, Cycling Scotland said:

“Scotland has an ambitious shared vision between national and local government for 10% of journeys by bike by 2020. This active travel vision document spells out the huge benefits of achieving this and getting more people cycling: improving health, reducing inequalities, cutting carbon emissions, improving quality of life and supporting jobs and economic investment.

Cycling Scotland welcomes the aspiration in this document that cycling should increasingly be seen as the most popular choice for shorter journeys up to 5 miles. This will effectively complement the essential work needed to ensure walking is a popular choice for shorter journeys of up to 1 or 2 miles.

Delivery of a long term vision requires long term planning and investment. We look forward to working with Transport Scotland, Scottish Government and local councils to deliver the cycling promotion, training, engineering and events that will help deliver the 2020 cycling vision and make this long term vision come true for the people of Scotland.”

The announcement says that the vision was developed jointly by active travel stakeholders, and Ministers.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“This vision sets out how we hope Scotland will look in 2030 if more people are walking and cycling for short, everyday journeys allowing us to reap the benefits of active travel.

“It goes without saying that cycling and walking benefits the individual by improving their physical health, but also their mental health, and keeps their transport costs down whilst also benefiting the environment by reducing greenhouse gasses and pollutants.

“The Scottish Government aims to get more people making active travel choices to improve their health and the environment. During this year and next we are increasing our expenditure on cycling and walking infrastructure by a further £27 million to deliver projects that promote active travel for everyday journeys.”

Ian Findlay, Chief Officer of Paths for All said,

“We welcome and support this vision, which underlines the huge benefits of increasing active travel in Scotland.

“More people walking and cycling for regular journeys will result in a healthier nation in body and mind. We’ll breathe cleaner air and live in more attractive, prosperous, safe places. This can only happen if Scotland prioritises improving the infrastructure and environment for people to walk or cycle, as well as encouraging people to change travel behaviours.

“Everyday walking is the easiest and most accessible way for most people to get out of their cars and into a healthier lifestyle. Paths for All  will contribute and push for measures which make travelling actively easier and safer for everyone.”

John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland, said:

“Sustrans Scotland very much welcomes the long-term vision for active travel as set out by Mr Brown today.  The challenge now is to translate this vision into action on the ground.  Work needs to start on developing a long-term delivery plan, with appropriate funding mechanisms, to deliver not only the vision set out in this document but also the visions identified in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland and the National Walking Strategy.”

To view the Active Travel Vision visit http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/system/files/documents/tsc-basic-pages/Active_Travel_Vision.pdf

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