Active Travel

The landscape of travel in this country is changing, with an increasing and necessary focus on the ways in which we can rebuild activity into our lives, and in doing so create healthier, greener and more pleasant communities.

In April 2019, former Mayor Dan Jarvis appointed one of Britain’s most decorated athletes, Dame Sarah Storey, as Active Travel Commissioner for the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, to spearhead the work to transform the region’s travel infrastructure and habits.

Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has shone an even greater light on the desperate need for change, with a stretched health service and public transport network both being placed under huge pressure, and with the majority of the country able to re-evaluate its travel habits, leading to cleaner air, increased levels of activity and the physical and mental health benefits of exercise becoming all the more evident.

The time for this change is now, and the culmination of Dame Sarah’s first year in the role, the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Travel Implementation Plan, sets out exactly how our neighbourhoods and communities can be transformed over the coming years – for the benefit of everyone.

Read the Active Travel Implementation Plan.

In May 2022, Dame Sarah decided to step down from her role as Active Travel Comissioner for the MCA, and we are currently looking to appoint a new Active Travel Comissioner for the region.