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Government's strategy for safe and healthy streets welcomed

Government’s strategy for safe and healthy streets welcomed

The government’s Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy is an important step towards safe and healthy streets.

That is the opinion of Brake, the road safety charity, who have provided reaction after the publication of the strategy that will set out the principles for government decision making on urban mobility.

Government policies have already shown a strong focus on improving safety for motorists as well as pedestrians and cyclists, while strategies are in play to drastically reduce the toxic air – ultimately accelerating the journey to safe and healthy streets.

The new urban strategy adds to this drive, with a regulatory review that will explore regulation surrounding new transport modes; significant investment of £90 million will be made in towns and cities – under the Future Mobility Zones scheme – that will test innovation of these transport methods, with the ultimate target of making journeys greener, safer and more reliable.

Brake’s director of campaigns, Joshua Harris, has welcomed the strategy.

He said: “As our towns and cities grow busier and more congested, the importance of safe and healthy streets becomes increasingly urgent.

“Every day, 40 people are killed or seriously injured on urban roads in Britain, and the pollution and congestion from cars, vans and lorries is taking a devastating toll on public health.

“The government’s new strategy for urban mobility and its focus on safety and sustainable mobility, is therefore a welcome step on the journey to safe and healthy streets.”

Brake did add, however, that whilst new technology in transport modes is vital, safety of people must remain the priority for the sector.

Joshua Harris added: “New technologies in motorised transport, such as driverless cars, offer us huge prizes for safety, accessibility and connectivity, but in the rush to take advantage of emerging technologies, we must keep sight of the main priority: the needs of people.”

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