Gear Change – a bold vision

Gear Change – a bold vision for cycling and walking, is the UK Department of Transport’s vision for reallocating street space and budget to cycling and walking.

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The report was launched by the conservative Prime Minister, Boris Johnson:

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The report describes the case for change:

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With a bold vision:

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And key design principles, including separating people cycling from both people driving and people walking; with routes that are cohesive and direct:

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The report is supported by a new design guide, that includes details such as minimum widths for bicycle lanes:

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Our view

It’s great to see that support for walking and cycling crosses the political spectrum, from the socialist mayor of Paris to the conservative prime minister in the UK. If the Tories can understand the benefits of investing in active transport, then so can Councillors in the City of Yarra.

We hope Councillors and Officers take inspiration from the Gear Change report as they develop Yarra’s upcoming Integrated Transport Plan.

Published 15th August 2020.