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Increased active travel levels in UK to stay, says DfT

A Department for Transport (DfT) study has shown that of those that walked or cycled more during the Covid-19 lockdown, 94% are likely to continue.

The DfT National Travel Attitudes Study found that between May and July 2020, 39% of people reported that they walked more and 38% reported that they cycled more compared with before the outbreak of the coronavirus.

In response to the statistics Brake, the road safety charity, is urging the Government to move quicker with planned reforms in the updated Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, noting that private car use has been back on the rise since lockdown restrictions were lifted and that the opportunity for reforming the way we move may soon be missed.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake said: “Walking, cycling, and public transport are at the heart of a safe and healthy future for our communities and we must use all the policy and investment levers we can to make these the natural choices for our journeys.

“The fact that more people walked and cycled during lockdown is welcome, but unsurprising, news– all of us will have seen the joyful sight of roads with fewer cars and more people getting around on foot or by bike, in early summer.

“The fact that nearly all who said they increased their walking and cycling also planned to continue doing so, after lockdown restrictions were lifted, is significant and must make Government press on with reforms, urgently.”

Harris said the figures show that lockdown provided a unique opportunity to change the way the UK moves for good, with the public seemingly behind reforms.

He added: “Unfortunately, with private car use increasing since lockdown restrictions were lifted, this opportunity may have been squandered.”

 Transport Minister Rachel Maclean

Virtual Smart Transport Conference 2020 presentations available to view now

After three packed days of content the first Virtual Smart Transport Conference has come to a close, but delegates can now gain free access to rewatch all the presentations during the show.

How to watch the presentations

Videos can be accessed by heading to the Agenda & Live Stream section of the Virtual Smart Transport Conference event website and choosing sessions to watch from across the three days.

The event featured thought leadership presentations from over 45 key stakeholders from the public and private sector, with opening statements from transport minister Rachel Maclean (pictured) and Mayor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority Andy Burnham.

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