TfL 'Healthy Street Officers' to promote sustainable travel
Transport for London (TfL) has announced a new programme that will see 'Healthy Streets Officers' work across London’s boroughs to encourage greater walking, cycling and public transport use to improve air quality and road safety.
The new team will support boroughs with local initiatives to raise awareness of new Cycleways and discourage engine idling, as well as tackle road danger by responding to local road safety concerns.
In addition, the programme will promote and support cycle training to improve cycle safety, as well as encouraging people to use public transport in safe and considerate ways.
The work is part of the Mayor’ of London’s plans to increase the number of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80 per cent.
The programme will be managed by Sustrans, and officers will also support London’s boroughs with London-wide events including World Car Free Day, Walk to Work Week and Road Safety Week.
This is part of TfL’s wider programme of supporting the boroughs to reduce road danger and improve air quality by creating greener, cleaner and healthier places.
The officers are being funded through TfL’s Healthy Streets budget and are on top of the Liveable Neighbourhoods grants of between £1m and £10m for boroughs to transform local neighbourhoods.
The programme will begin in Redbridge in the coming weeks, before being expanded out to the remaining boroughs and the City of London in the autumn.