The Prime Minister has tonight (27 July) set out his cycling and walking revolution which details his plans to boost cycling and walking.
Mayor Dan Jarvis and Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, Dame Sarah Storey have responded to the announcement.
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region said: “I welcome the Government’s announcement to boost access and provision for walking and cycling. It has been my long-held belief that we need to do more to both improve and enable active travel and invest in the health, happiness and wellbeing of our people. That’s why in 2018 I put active travel at the heart of my transport vision, and last year, I appointed Dame Sarah Storey as my active travel Commissioner. I also ensured that we invested more than half of the £166 million of Transforming Cities Funding in improving walking and cycling infrastructure across South Yorkshire.
“South Yorkshire stands ready to play a leading role in improving the health of both our residents and the nation. We’re home to the English Institute of Sport and to Sheffield Hallam University’s world-leading Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre which is one of the most advanced research centres in the world. The research carried out here will help people lead more healthy and active lives.”
Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, said: “I welcome the new momentum from the government announcement, and we’re poised to deliver a network of active travel routes and neighbourhoods that will allow the transformation of South Yorkshire. It has taken the tragic consequences of a global pandemic to illustrate exactly how increased levels of active travel can benefit us all and highlight that we simply cannot afford to ignore its benefits, for our communities now and the next generation.
“It’s heartening to see that the Prime Minister has listened to our calls of seriously considering the benefits of walking and cycling as part of the easing of lockdown, after Mayor Dan Jarvis and I wrote to him in May. Last month, we published our 2040 plan for more than 1100 km of high-quality active travel routes. This was a milestone that reinforced the cooperation and determination of all local authorities and partner organisations, to deliver the changes that the Prime Minister’s announcement now sets out.
“Building activity back into people’s lives won’t just ensure they are less likely to suffer ill-health, but it will also create a stronger and more resilient workforce with higher levels of productivity, which could strengthen and protect the country for years and decades to come.”