According to the written statement recently delivered to parliament Active Travel England (ATE) will lead the delivery of the government’s strategy and vision for creating a new golden age of walking and cycling where half of all journeys in towns and cities are walked and cycled by 2030.

Chris Boardman has been confirmed as England’s National Active Travel Commission on a permanent basis and Danny Williams appointed as Active Travel England’s Chief Executive.

Active Travel England will:

  • hold the active travel budget in England, including for new infrastructure and behaviour change initiatives such as cycle training
  • assess all applications for active travel capital and revenue funding, including from wider funds such as the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements, the Levelling Up Fund and the Road Investment Strategy 2(RIS2) and award funding to schemes only if they meet the standards and principles set out in Local Transport Note 1/20, or any later national design standards. It will also inspect new active travel infrastructure to ensure schemes meet these new standards and principles and ask for funds to be returned for any which have not been completed as promised, or not started or finished within the agreed timeframe
  • work with local authorities developing new schemes and support their capacity by delivering training and disseminating best practice
  • ATE will also begin to inspect and publish reports on highway authorities for their performance on active travel and identify particularly dangerous failings in their highways for cyclists and pedestrians. In these regards, the commissioner and inspectorate will perform a similar role to Ofsted from the 1990s onwards in raising standards and challenging failure.

This is certainly an ambitious project and we hope it achieves everything it has set out to.