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PEDESTRIANS HAVE BEEN 'SWEPT ASIDE' BY TRANSPORT PLANNERS, OBESITY REPORT SAYS

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An all-party committee of MPs has completely endorsed evidence from Living Streets that half a century of transport...
An all-party committee of MPs has completely endorsed evidence from Living Streets that half a century of transport policy putting cars before people is a major reason for the rise in obesity.

The Department for Transport has allowed 'pedestrians and cyclists to be swept aside during two generations' as streets have been reshaped to suit car drivers, the House of Commons health committee said in a report on obesity.

Living Streets director Tom Franklin said: 'Conditions for people walking have got worse over the last half century. The focus of people who are managing our streets has been about moving the traffic as fast and as efficiently as possible and pedestrians have been shoved to one side.

'That is why we need a national walking strategy, to turn that tide.'

The committee agree and say the failure of the Department for Transport to produce a walking strategy is 'scandalous'.

The committee lambasts the government for failing to formulate 'joined up' policies on obesity that link food, transport, education, health and work. Living Streets has argued that national and local government must join up policies to improve streets and public spaces, not only for walking but for leisure and community life.

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