On your bikes – Government’s plan for future

The new strategy aims to make sure that by 2040, getting around by bike or on foot will be the natural choice for Fylde coast residents

The new strategy aims to make sure that by 2040, getting around by bike or on foot will be the natural choice for Fylde coast residents

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A blueprint to encourage more walking and cycling is being launched by the Government – and the Fylde coast’s councils have been asked to contribute ideas.

The new strategy aims to make sure that by 2040, getting around by bike or on foot will be the natural choice for Fylde coast residents.

The Government’s blueprint to encourage more people to cycle and walk will benefit the whole of society by boosting the economy, improving health, cutting congestion and improving air quality

It includes ambitions to double cycling, reverse the decline in walking, reduce the rate of cyclists killed or seriously injured and increase the number of children walking to school.

The Government says this will be met through ‘providing safe and attractive infrastructure’ to encourage journeys on bike and foot.

Transport Minister MP Robert Goodwill said: “The Government’s blueprint to encourage more people to cycle and walk will benefit the whole of society by boosting the economy, improving health, cutting congestion and improving air quality.

“Realising our ambition will take sustained investment in cycling and walking infrastructure.

“That’s why we have committed more than £300m to support cycling and walking over this Parliament and this will increase further when spending on enhancing and maintaining existing infrastructure is taken into account.

“This plan will require patience, persistence and a change in attitudes – among Government, local bodies, businesses, communities and individuals.

“We cannot afford not to grasp the opportunities available and we are determined to make this country a cycling and walking nation.”

Following the end of the consultation on Monday 23 May 2016, a final strategy published in the summer.