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58% of UK residents support the government to spend more on cycling infrastructure

A new report published today (March 4) by walking and cycling charity Sustrans suggests the bulk of UK residents support efforts to scale back car use and believe that the government should make it as easy as possible for people to cycle.

In the present, road transport accounts for 27% of the greenhouse emission in the UK with the most source being private vehicles.

According to a survey that was conducted on more than 16,900 UK residents, 58% of them agreed that there should be more investment in cycling than driving.

Currently, there are only 50 miles of protected cycle tracks within the UK, as compared, Copenhagen, with a population of 1.3 million has 237 miles of protected cycle tracks.

The survey also revealed that one in two residents agreed with the statement that there are too many of us driving in their area. 59% agreed that reducing road traffic would make their area a far better place to measure and work.

56% of these surveyed were also in support of the thought to charge polluting vehicles to enter the town if the financial proceeds are then wont to fund conveyance, walking, and cycling services.

Director of urbanism at Sustrans Daisy Narayanan said that the climate crisis is the 21st century’s greatest environmental and health challenge.

‘With road transport being one among the main sources of greenhouse gasses and air pollutants, it’s time we end car-centric planning which has shaped our cities and towns for many years and reprioritize our streets towards people.

‘Many cities are taking action to scale back car trips and make it more convenient for people to steer and cycle. Our report shows the general public is supportive of those plans.

‘Ahead of crucial climate talks at COP26 in Glasgow, we urge the united kingdom Government to point out leadership and make a step-change in investment for cycling and walking, including protected cycle lanes, and adopt policies to support more people to modify from driving to walking and cycling for shorter journeys.’