20 Minute Neighbourhoods
The First Minister for Scotland has announced in her Programme for Government that £500m will be invested over the next five years to support active travel and £275m will support investment in communities including ‘20 minute neighbourhoods’ – enabling people to live, learn, and meet their needs within a 20 minute walk of their home.
COVID-19 has devastated Scotland’s economy and we can’t go back to the old ways of doing things.
This announcement from the First Minister is very welcome and will help to deliver a green recovery for Scotland.
Shared transport is a key part of active travel, with Scottish towns and cities offering bike hire schemes and car clubs as an alternative to private vehicles, while 20 minute neighbourhoods will also encourage people to walk more – helping to reduce harmful vehicle emissions.
As we emerge from the pandemic, we need to take bold action to encourage behavioural change and make sure that we promote green alternatives for post-Covid travel.
Lorna Finlayson, Scotland Director CoMoUK