Having more cycle routes would be good for drivers, the head of the AA has said, as the Government considers cutting funds for walking and biking.
Encouraging motorists to take fewer journeys by car can cut household fuel costs, and reduce congestion on the roads for other drivers, Edmund King said.
“Even though we’re a motoring organisation, that doesn’t mean you need to use your motor all the time,” Mr King said.
“And journeys under a mile and a half are in many ways the most expensive way to use a car, because your car’s not warmed up, you’re only going a short distance, and you’ve got to pay to park.”
Fuel prices have begun to rise again, hitting £1.62 a litre for petrol and £1.82 for diesel on Monday, though are still below their summer peak of £2 a litre.
The Department for Transport is considering cutting the remaining £700m of the £2bn Active Travel Fund as it seeks to respond to the prime minister’s calls for efficiences across Government. Replacing car journeys ‘will ease congestion’
The fund was announced in 2020 to fund thousands of miles of new cycle lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods, and heralded by the Government as a “new era” for walking and cycling.The AA says around a fifth of its members are regular cyclists, with more saying they would like to cycle but are put off by a lack of safety and bike paths.Around half of AA members said they would consider using a bicycle to replace […]