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New inquiry will inform the government’s walking and cycling strategy

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) launches new inquiry. 

The government published its first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) in 2017, with the objectives to; increase cycling and walking and increase safety.

The strategy attracted criticism from cycling and walking organisations for its lack of ambition and funding.

To help inform the next CWIS2, the Parliamentary Group will host three hearings during July, at which invited experts and stakeholders will provide oral evidence. In addition, people will be able to provide written evidence to the inquiry.

The report will be launched in early September.

Ruth Cadbury MP, co-chair of the APPGCW said: ‘We’re delighted to be launching this inquiry today. There has never been a better time for us to address how active travel can be improved and promoted, building on the growing enthusiasm for cycling and walking.

‘Our inquiry will aim to constructively inform the Government’s second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, by bringing together a wide and diverse range of stakeholders and experts.’

man in black jacket riding bicycle on road during daytime

Selaine Saxby MP, co-chair of the APPGCW added: ‘As a group of parliamentarians committed to improving cycling and walking for all, we’re delighted with the ambition shown by the Government in recent years.

‘It’s also particularly encouraging to have a Prime Minister so personally committed to the issue.

‘This inquiry is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved in active travel to give their views on how the second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy can deliver the change that we all want to see.’

In related news, West Yorkshire Combined Authority has announced plans to invest more than £19.4m in walking and cycling schemes.

In a meeting last week, members approved recommendations to progress three walking schemes. This included a £7.6m scheme to boost active travel between Skipton Rail Station, the bus station, and the town centre.

Photo credit – Martin Magnemyr

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