20 January 2022 | Webinar | Managed Events

#AsktheDfT event – The importance of active travel

02/08/2022 11:00 am 02/20/2022 12:30 pm Europe/London #AsktheDfT event – The importance of active travel Members of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) will put their questions to senior personnel from the Department for Transport in the first #AsktheDfT event of 2022 which will take place on 08 February.

The event will take place at 11am on Tuesday 08 February 2022.

When thinking about active travel there is often a big focus put on cycling with many councils spending millions on improvement schemes. The condition of footways is often an afterthought but there is evidence that suggests more funding should be spent on maintaining and improving them.

This is because good footways improve connectivity and mobility. This in-turn leads to an increase in walking which brings about physical and economic benefits; increased productivity at work; vibrant high streets and improvements to health.

Walking also contributes to better air quality and tackling climate change.

Recent analysis shows that since 2019, footways are in a cycle of gradual decline into poor condition.

Whilst you would expect to see this with any large UK asset, deterioration is an ongoing action which means that the downward trend will continue if maintenance interventions do not take place.

The latest #AsktheDfT event, which is brought to you by the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), will provide attendees with an opportunity to find out more about the importance of well-maintained footways and the societal benefits that can be brought about by an increase in active travel.

Members will be given the opportunity to put their questions directly to senior personnel from the Department for Transport (DfT) with the following topic areas covered:

– Societal benefits brought about by active travel
– How councils can make progress in this area
– Improving footways to help encourage more walking
– Implementing best practice for footway maintenance
– Central Government support to help advance progress


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