Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, November 13, 2020
Green transport for almost everyone - doing more for cycling and walking
The Transport Secretary has announced a further £175 million to level up cycling and walking infrastructure across England, making it easier and safer for people to choose different ways to travel.
Recent months have seen huge numbers of people build cycling and walking into their daily travel habits. As we build back better after coronavirus, we want to ensure the right infrastructure is in place for everyone on our roads.
That’s why the government is providing an additional £175 million to local authorities across England to help them upgrade their walking and cycling infrastructure, such as increasing segregated cycle lanes. In order to get the right balance so that cyclists and pedestrians can be given a more support while roads continue to be available for motorists and other users, conditions will be set on how councils can spend the money and councils will be given more time to consult local communities.
From improving people’s health, to benefitting air quality and reducing congestion, cycling and walking have a huge role to play in our future transport system and levelling up transport infrastructure across the whole country.