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Conference to encourage more cyclists and walkers

A national conference will look into how to encourage more people to walk and cycle in cities Photo: PA

How to get more people to walk and cycle in cities across the UK will be discussed in Leicester this week.

The national conference entitled 'People-friendly cities for health and well-being' has been organised by the Government. It will look at what city planners can do to encourage more people to walk and cycle and what the economic and health benefits of active travel are.

Speakers will include Norman Baker MP from the Department for Transport and former Central Television presenter Anna Soubry MP, from the Department for Health.

There will be a number of seminars from local authorities for delegates to attend including a workshop on safer cycling.

Norman Baker MP added:

"Leicester has been at the vanguard of national efforts to make cities and towns more cycle and pedestrian friendly - so it is fitting that the first national conference to encourage more councils to do the same should be held here.

"I want to see more council transport and public health chiefs working together so that others can benefit from the kind of work Leicester has done to make it easier for people to walk and cycle around their towns and cities."

– Norman Baker MP

Last year, Leicester successfully bid for £4.4 million of Department for Transport funding to invest in sustainable and active travel across the city.

The event organised by the Department for Transport and Department for Health will take place at Phoenix Square on Wednesday 28 November.

For more information see the Go Leicestershire website.