Stride and ride

Think tank: IPPR

Author(s): Maya Singer Hobbs; Stephen Frost

February 6, 2024

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at England’s path from laggard to leader in walking, wheeling, and cycling.

There is overwhelming evidence that investment in active travel infrastructure brings significant benefits.

These include large returns on investment, addressing emissions from road transport, reducing regional inequalities, and improving health. Despite this, investment has remained low, and walking, wheeling, and cycling rates in the UK lag behind much of Europe.

To deliver truly world class active travel infrastructure, government must learn from previous successes in the UK and further afield to ramp up its spending on active travel and provide longer-term certainty to local authorities.