Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, responds to the Central Government announcement of £2bn funding for active travel:
“I welcome the news today of a boost in funding to encourage more people to make walking and cycling part of their daily routines, and a real alternative to making journeys by car.
“In Sheffield active travel is already a priority for us and we are implementing and preparing a number of schemes to promote this; including trials of new cycle lanes and pedestrianised areas, e-bikes for businesses, and a clean air zone in the city centre. All of these measures also contribute to Sheffield City Council’s commitment to make the city carbon neutral by 2030, which will reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and strengthen the city’s resilience against the impact of climate change.
“It is incredibly important that we motivate as many people as possible to keep up the habits of daily walking and cycling, developed during the Coronavirus lockdown and make lasting changes that benefit both our health and the environment. To do this we need to be able to invest in and upgrade our infrastructure to transform our highway network and make active travel the preferred mode of transport for many more people. This will also be seen in our future proposals for the city, which are in preparation following the announcement of the Transforming Cities Fund earlier this year before the Coronavirus pandemic. These are permanent changes which will be considered by residents and businesses before final plans are drawn up.
“I am looking forward to seeing the Government’s plans in more detail and finding out more about what their announcement today will mean for Sheffield going forward.”