A new report compiled by the United Nations Environment team has outlined how a minimum of 20% of transport budgets should go to active travel in the near future.
“Lack of investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure is contributing to the deaths of millions of people and overlooking a great opportunity to contribute to the fight against climate change,” starts the report, which offers regional breakdowns of why it believes travel habits must change.
Surveying progress toward active travel, the assessment of 20 low to middle income countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America found startling difference with high-income nations. Almost twice as many people die in road traffic accidents in these poorer regions. Worldwide it is calculated that some 1.3 million people die every year on the road, almost half of whom are vulnerable road users.