'Active Travel, Active Scotland' Report PublishedPublished 12 June 2012 in Sustainable Development
On 25 May a coalition of active travel and sustainable transport organisations published a report setting out how local and national government in Scotland can help deliver growth in walking and cycling through a practical and achievable action plan.
The report, Active Travel, Active Scotland was jointly authored by Cycling Scotland, Living Streets Scotland, Paths for All, Sustrans Scotland and Transform Scotland. It promotes a "vision...for walking or cycling to be the natural choice for short journeys, creating a healthier, socially inclusive, economically vibrant, environmentally friendly Scotland."
The report's authors argue that active travel contributes to meeting a range of transport, health, social inclusion, local economic development, regeneration and climate change objectives, as well as being financially affordable and quick to deliver.
To achieve its vision, the report states that a range of policy objectives would need to be met, including:
- 10% of all journeys by bike and 25% of all journeys by walking by 2020.
- The completion of the National Cycle Network.
- Delivery of on-road cycle training to all P6 pupils.
- The implementation of the active travel elements of Core Path Plans including the signing, maintenance and development of off road routes.
- Street audits leading to priority for pedestrians on all • routes to key destinations in towns and cities.
- The re-allocation of road space to create traffic free • cycle lanes on all arterial routes in all towns and cities.
The report also contains a series of case studies, profiling how some European cities have achieved high levels of walking and cycling, and where these modes of travel had not always been the norm. Case studies of successful small-scale Scottish active travel initiatives are also included.
Access the full report Active Travel, Active Scotland.