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Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 210760, tabled on 15 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential for planning to increase active and sustainable travel to improve the well-being of communities; what steps his Department is taking to make roads safer for people on foot and bikes; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

22 October 2014

I refer the hon. Member to the Government’s cycling delivery plan, published on 16 October, which can be found online at:

The National Planning Policy Framework asks planners to work to create safe and secure layouts which minimise conflicts between traffic and cyclists or pedestrians, and give priority to pedestrian and cycle movements. It also encourages parking provision for motorcycles.

My Department has this year published planning guidance which:

  • Seeks to promote walking and cycling, whilst avoiding unfairly penalising drivers;
  • Asks that councils’ Local Plans consider how to support walking and cycling facilities, and assess cycle safety;
  • Promotes the provision of bike storage space in new developments; and
  • Recommends removing street clutter, to make pavements clearer and more spacious for pedestrians.