Duncan has become a champion for Sustrans’ Campaign for Safer Streets, supporting the right of every child to have a safe walk, bike or scoot to school.
Sustrans is campaigning for a safer school run to tackle the inactivity crisis and predictions that in the UK as many as 70% of girls and 55% of boys could be overweight or obese by 2050.
Yet with nearly half of children failing to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity each day, the number of families choosing to make the school run by car is on the rise. Little wonder when in 2012, 33 children were killed and over 1,800 seriously injured while walking and cycling.
Sustrans’ Campaign for Safer Streets is calling for:
- Dedicated funding to transform routes and invest in walking and cycling at the local level.
- 20mph default speed limit across built up areas, making everyone’s route safer.
- Stronger duties and incentives on Local Authorities to develop routes and promote walking and cycling.
“Walking, cycling or scooting to school can be good fun, and is also a great way for children to stay active, fit and healthy.
“We need to make sure children in our part of Wiltshire can do so safely and prevent tragic incidents on our roads.
“I’m delighted to back this campaign as it’s good for children, good for public health, and good for our environment too. Let’s make our streets safer.”