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Tackling vehicle emissions and physical inactivity. Scottish Government doubles active travel budget
  1. Aileen Campbell1,
  2. Humza Yousaf2,
  3. Roy Brannen3,
  4. Paul Gray4,
  5. Graeme Hunter5,
  6. Nanette Mutrie6,
  7. Andrew Murray7
  1. 1Minister for Public Health and Sport, Scottish Government
  2. 2Minister for Transport and the Islands, Scottish Government
  3. 3Chief Executive, Transport Scotland
  4. 4Chief Executive Officer, NHS Scotland and Director General Health and Social Care. Scottish Government
  5. 5Active Scotland Division, Scottish Government
  6. 6Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
  7. 7Centre for Sport and Exercise, University of Edinburgh
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Murray, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; docandrewmurray{at}

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Increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and physical inactivity are major global challenges of the 21st century.1 Tackling climate change and increasing physical activity are key priorities at local, national and international level. We need to act now to prevent or limit the impacts on our children and future generations (figure 1).

Figure 1

Best Investments for Physical Activity, includes active travel and suggests “working together to make it happen”.

The Scottish Government has committed to doubling spend on the active travel budget from £40 million per year to £80 million per year from 2018 to 2019 (figure …

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