Funding for active travel in 2021/22 has been increased from £257 million to £338 million, according to a government press release on Friday 30th July 2021.
North Yorkshire has already made an Active Travel Fund bid on the basis of the original amount of funding. We hope there may now be a prospect of adding further schemes to the bid.
Highway Code Consultation
The press release also makes reference to the government’s response to the Highway Code consultation carried out last year. The three main changes proposed were:
- the introduction of a Hierarchy of Road Users, so those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility
- clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority when crossing side roads
- safe passing distances when overtaking cyclists or horse riders
The changes were overwhelmingly approved by the 21,000 respondents to the consultation, so will go ahead. The text of the revised Highway Code is being finalised and will then be put before Parliament.
National Cycle Network
£30 million is being made available for improvements to the National Cycle Network. The money will be spent on removing barriers, resurfacing, and linking up existing paths where there are gaps.
Active Travel England
The new body that will hold active travel funds and audit local authorities on their active travel provision, Active Travel England, is to be set up and start work this autumn.