Walking and cycling: easy wins for a sustainable transport policy?

Rodney Tolley

in Traffic jam

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420732
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304050 | DOI:
Walking and cycling: easy wins for a sustainable transport policy?

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This chapter examines the development in the Labour government's policy for cycling and walking in Great Britain. It explains that walking and cycling have not been seen as viable alternatives to the car in the same way as other motorised public transport modes have, and planning for them has usually been focused on trying to protect the two activities from the worst impacts of cars and lorry traffic. The chapter suggests that the central government lost focus on the potential of these active modes because of the fear of being perceived as anti-car, and adopted the ostrich mentality all too often favoured by ministers and civil servants faced with difficult policy problems to address.

Keywords: walking; cycling; Labour government; Great Britain; public transport; central government; ostrich mentality

Chapter.  9895 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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