Published: 28th Jul 2020

The concept of building neighbourhoods where people have everything they need within a 20-minute walk is ‘gaining traction across government’, according to council directors. The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has today launched a new document, which argues that active travel is here to stay, and that walking and cycling must be designed into the travel network to maintain the changes that COVID-19 has brought about. But the document says the government must empower local authorities to go further if it is serious about its commitment to achieving net zero and tackling climate change. It argues that successful measures must be made permanent and councils must be enabled to bring about structural change. To do this, however, councils must be properly resourced with long term capital and revenue funding to ensure both the delivery and ongoing maintenance of active travel infrastructure created through local cycling … (To read the full article, subscribe below)