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UK Faculty For Public Health call on transportation

The Faculty of Public Health has called for a major shift away from cars in favour of walking, cycling and public transport.

The UK Faculty of Public Health has called for a major shift away from cars in favour of walking, cycling and public transport to reduce the health harms of road transport and improve population health.

 

Local action to mitigate the health impact of cars provides evidence led practical advice for policy makers and planners in local authorities.

The briefing presents seven main measures that local authorities can take action on to reduce the health harms of cars; street design, traffic management, reducing vehicle emissions, planning, parking, active travel and public transport. Delivering cost effective interventions in these areas will deliver health, environmental and economic benefits to residents and communities.

 

The report makes the following recommendations to support active travel:

  • support sustainable and safe travel to and from settings, e.g. nurseries, schools, colleges, academies and workplaces
  • keep cycle lanes in good condition
  • provide cycle training for children in school and offer 1:1 training for adults
  • provide a subsidised cycle loan scheme and free maintenance checks and advice
  • supporting active travel routes to and from major event venues.

 

Other recommendations in the report that will promote physical activity include reallocating road space to active travel, developing “play street” policies and implement planning policies to enable more journeys to be made by walking and cycling.

Visit this link to download Local action to mitigate the health impact of cars: A briefing statement

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