In response to an email about supporting active travel:
I have been supporting various walking and cycling groups since I became a councillor.
There is a huge local demand for investment in both cycling and walking and government, both national and local, should do all it can to fulfil this.
We need to do more to promote the fact that not only is active travel better for the environment, but it is also good for both physical health and mental well-being.
In particular, we need to promote a greater interest in active travel amongst young people, so that they develop habits which will influence their choices in future years. Active travel therefore needs to be easy, safe and fun – we need to break down barriers.
It will therefore be necessary to invest a greater proportion of the transport budget into promoting cycling and walking infrastructure and to making our road network as a whole safer. These are things I support.