Letter: Putting the right foot forward

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CONGRATULATIONS on your recent support for the pedestrian ("A step in the right direction", 14 May). Here are three things the Government could do to get us stepping out:

1 Ensure that official statistics include journeys of less than a mile. Exclusion of these from most travel surveys badly biases subsequent transport policy decisions against walking.

2 End the use of traffic models and cost-benefit analyses which give the greatest rewards to the longest (motorised) journeys.

3 Work with bodies such as Transport 2000 and the Pedestrians' Association to develop a national pedestrian policy.

Don Mathew

Lowestoft, Suffolk