Transport

Active travel investments effective in boosting walking and cycling - despite staunch opposition

New research shows that walking and cycling investment has an overall positive effect on business, and can reduce traffic congestion

This government has committed to spending €360 million a year on active travel measures. Picture: Sam Boal/Rolling News

Fears surrounding increased traffic and damage to business are among the top concerns in groups opposing active travel measures, a new study has found.

However, despite reservation from the public, such investments tend to boost walking and cycling rates, increase business and reduce traffic, the review has found.

The research, which examined more than 180 existing international studies in the area, was commissioned by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Fingal County Council, and identified ...