Cycling: Infrastructure

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st July 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the accessibility of cycling infrastructure for use by accessible modes of active travel.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department has not made any such assessment. Local authorities are required by their Public Sector Equality Duty to consider the particular needs of those with protected characteristics, including disabled people, in designing their cycling and walking infrastructure. The Department’s Cycle Infrastructure Design Guidance (Local Transport Note 1/20) emphasises the importance of high-quality and accessible cycle infrastructure. It also recommends that an Access Audit be undertaken of all cycling and walking schemes to ensure that they meet the needs of those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. This may form part of an Equality Impact Assessment.

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