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Sustrans' ‘Fit for Life’ report on Connect2 programme was cited by United Nations Environment

04 December 2017

'Fit for Life’, Sustrans' report which spells out the health benefits of building walking and cycling routes and connections, is featured in a United Nations Environment report this December.

The United Nations Environment Programme's report ‘Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface: A gap analysis’ was announced during the opening of the Science Policy Business Forum on Saturday 2nd.

Sustrans' work is mentioned in the second paragraph of a short foreword to the report. The foreword is by Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme. It is cited as an example of effective work at the policy-science interface.

The text reads…

[...] Dr Andy Cope, Director of Insight at Sustrans, partnered with the UK Research Councils funded iConnect research consortium to evaluate a UK Big Lottery funded active travel programme. Together they made a very compelling case for legislation and policy supporting walking and cycling in the United Kingdom. This includes promoting the Active Travel Act in Wales, increasing investment by the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland, supporting a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy for England, and significantly increasing investment in active travel in Scotland through the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland.

The UNEP report was uploaded to the UN Environment web page here.

For 'Fit for Life', please see www.sustrans.org.uk/blog/research-highlights-public-health-benefits-new-walking-and-cycling-routes.

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