Grant Shapps
Grant Shapps, by Number 10, Licence CC BY-NC-ND

Secretary of State Grant Shapps yesterday told councils to give more space to active travel (walking and cycling) as the country emerges from lockdown and gets moving again.

He announced £250 million funding for pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, and cycle and bus only streets.

He published Statutory Guidance effective immediately which says that the government ‘…expects local authorities to make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians.’

The Guidance states that local authorities should take these measures as swiftly as possible:

  • install pop-up cycle facilities
  • use cones to widen footways
  • encourage walking and cycling to school through ‘school streets’
  • 20mph speed limits
  • pedestrian and cycle zones on specific streets
  • modal filters (filtered permeability)

HDCA has asked for many of these measures in Harrogate.

There are more details of Grant Shapps’ announcement in an article on Hedgehog Cycling.

Prioritise active travel, Shapps tells councils

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