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.
'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.