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Strategy for walking and cycling released

Strategy for walking and cycling released

News article 21.04.2011 13.04 fi sv en

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications has prepared a national strategy for walking and cycling. The strategy, set to run until 2020, seeks to ensure that walking and cycling will gain their own positions in the transport system recognised in policy alongside other modes of transport.

The strategy aims at increasing the share of walking and cycling in all the trips made. The target is that by 2020, the share of walking and cycling rises from 32 per cent to 35-38 per cent in the transport mode split, and the proportion of short trips made by private cars decreases correspondingly.

This means that in 2020, at least 20 per cent more trips are made on foot or by bicycle as compared to the situation in 2005. Looking at the number of trips, it would equal some 300 million more trips made walking or cycling.