INVESTMENT IN CYCLISTS, PEDESTRIANS AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES IS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE AND THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE AND THE PLANET
Investment in cycle lanes will encourage cycling and improve public health. Electrifying the rail network and installing vehicle charging stations across the UK will enable a transition to electric travel.
- Emissions from road transport made up around a fifth of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions
- Reducing emissions from road transport remains a significant challenge as the UK looks to reach net zero emissions by 2050; at the end of 2018, only 0.5% of all vehicles licensed in the UK were ultra-low emission vehicles.
- Road traffic in Great Britain increased by 29% from 1990 to 2018.
- Emissions of many pollutants are particularly damaging to health: costing the NHS money and causing between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths per year.
- Invest £3.17 billion to electrify the rail network and reduce rail CO2 emissions by 60%.
- Use 5% of the transport budget into walking and cycling in 2020/21, rising to 10% by 2024/25. £72 million per year into a National Cycle Network.
- £186 million per year to make buses and coaches electric, with a further £3 billion per year will make them free to use.
- Installation of vehicle charging stations will promote the use of electric cars, buses, and lorries.
- Investment in cycle lanes and pedestrianised towns and cities, including car-free school zones and residential areas.
- Incentivise the public to buy electric cars and bicycles by introducing a scrappage scheme where car owners receive money towards an electric vehicle if they scrap their old car.
- Encouraging people to walk or cycle will further reduce pollution, congestion, and improve physical health and well-being.
- The transition to electric cars, buses and lorries would reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth, and electrifying the rail network will reduce rail CO2 emissions by 60%.
- A National Cycle Network would boost the economy by £5 billion per year by 2040.
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Scotland aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2045, set in binding legislation. In 2017, Scotland pledged to phase out diesel and petrol cars by 2032 while advocating for alternative low-carbon vehicles, such as through upscaling infrastructure for charging electric vehicles. They have also announced to spend £10m on pop-up walking and cycling lanes.
In April 2020, Milan announced its Strade Aperte (“Open Roads”) plan to enhance the city’s cycling infrastructure, one of Europe’s most ambitious cycling schemes following the COVID-19 outbreak. This policy aims to transform Milan over the summer months by adding 35 km of biking and walking provisions, including temporary bike lanes, a 30kph speed limit, and converting entire streets into car-free zones.
One of the larges parcel firms in the UK, DPD, aims to increase its fleet of electric vehicles to 500 by the end of 2020. Their policy includes calls to action for central government, local authorities and other manufacturers.
- Rail emissions 2018-19 Annual Statistical Release.
- Sustrans’ manifesto for the UK government.
- Scenarios of cycling to school in England, and associated health and carbon impacts: Application of the ‘Propensity to Cycle Tool.
- City leaders call for diesel scrappage fund.
- Government investment for a greener and fairer economy.
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