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Active travel should be priority

January 18, 2012 5:36 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the Scottish Government's announcement on green transport initiatives, Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"Making low carbon transport initiatives and active travel a priority will reduce emissions in Scotland, helping us to achieve our internationally renowned climate change targets. We should also not underestimate the substantial contribution it can make to communities. Active travel gets people out of cars which can help reduce pollution and improve the nation's health.

"For far too long, the Scottish Government's progress on this has been unsatisfactory. Scottish Liberal Democrat research recently showed no clear improvements in the rates of children and adults walking or cycling to work or school in recent years.

"The Scottish Government need to ensure this welcome announcement is followed up with decisive and clear action. Ministers need to get on with delivering the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland and ensure that active travel infrastructure is at the heart of all housing and commercial developments. The SNP have made some grand statements about making progress in this area but with only 1% of journey's being made by bicycle, the SNP have a lot do to meet their 10% target in 2020."