On the 4 November 2013 the Active Travel (Wales) Act became law. This groundbreaking piece of legislation requires local authorities in Wales to plan an integrated network map for active travel and to continuously improve facilities and routes for pedestrians and cyclists based on that blueprint.
The closest thing England has to such a statutory responsibility came with an amendment to the Infrastructure Act this year, which for the first time requires the secretary of state for transport to set out a strategy to deliver cycling and walking infrastructure and outline the investment to support it. However questions remain over how this will be delivered, with some arguing it may not be capable of ensuring the necessary change at a local level and others claiming it should not interfere with local democracy.
A Surveyor Transport Network round table in association with leading sustainable transport charities Sustrans and Living Streets asked whether we need an Active Travel Act for England.