York Green Party welcomes the new Active Travel Unit led by Chris Boardman to York.
It is good to see investment in Active Travel and wonderful to see it head quartered in York. However, there is a huge amount of work to be done.
Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Transport said,
“This is an important endorsement of York’s longstanding expertise in sustainable travel , and a welcome development for our city. It builds on our expertise as a centre of rail expertise, successful park and ride and growing network of cycle routes, and of balancing our transport infrastructure needs with the challenges of climate change and decarbonising transport. For example, we have led the way with introduction of e-scooters and e-bikes, grown the largest electric bus fleet and delivered hyperhubs as a demonstration of our commitment.
“My thanks go to all those involved in delivering this opportunity. We look forward to welcoming the Active Travel Unit to York and working with them to further increase active travel in the city.”
Tom Franklin, chair of York Green Party said:
“While this is a great start the announcement only comes with £5.5 million compared to £29 billion for new road building. that is £1 pound for walking and cycling for every £5,000 for driving. With the climate emergency we need to see these figures reversed”
“If the government is serious it will have to ensure that roads are made safe and commit more money “