Sustrans backs call for active travel to fight obesity
- Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 15:15
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Charity Sustrans has welcomed the inclusion of active travel projects as an important part of the government's obesity call to action
Sustrans' Health Director, Philip Insall, says, "Failure to tackle the growth in obesity is predicted to cost us £50billion a year by 2050.
"It's great news that the Department of Health has recognised the importance of providing high quality walking and cycling routes. However, instead of simply more wise words from Westminster, the Department for Transport need to take note and ensure that local transport investment goes into active travel projects."
The document highlights the success of a Sustrans project in Worcester, where the new Diglis Bridge, crossing the River Severn, provides a key link between communities in the city, which carried 125,000 walking and cycling journeys in the first eight months from its opening.
The Worcester project is part-funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council.