The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) has revealed that it is holding an inquiry, to help shape the Government’s upcoming second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS 2).
The Government published the first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy in 2017, in a bid to increase cycling and walking activity across England, reduce the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads, and to encourage children to walk to school.
Since the strategy was published, the Government has received criticism for not matching this ambition and not providing adequate funding for cycling and walking.
Additionally, although the Coronavirus pandemic has accelerated progress on cycling and walking, CI.N recently reported that Cycling UK has accused the Chancellor of “ airbrushing out any role for cycling in plans for a post-pandemic recovery” in an assessment of his claims that the Government is one “to invest in new infrastructure”. The lack of cycling and walking in his address to Parliament was reinforced in the document outlining the detail of Budget 2021.
The Government is due to release the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy in the coming months. In order to inform and shape the strategy, the APPGCW is launching this inquiry in order to gather the views of a wide range of expert stakeholders.
The APPGCW will host three hearings during July, where experts and stakeholders will provide 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, […]