Yesterday afternoon the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group met within the House of Lords with a view to driving forward cycling policy, funding and overall ambition.
In attendance was Olympic hero turned Cycling advocate Chris Boardman, MPs from various parties, policymakers with the CTC and Sustrans and DfT minister Robert Goodwill, among others. The meet fell on the day of the deadline of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, which has been described by many as no strategy at all, primarily due to the outer London funding pot of approximately £300 million.
Over 4,000 responses have been filed as part of the consultation, so we expect the Government will be hearing loud and clear that cyclists are unsatisfied with proposals. Is £300 million enough to not only design cycling out of danger, but to actively incentivise active travel through sensible routes in and out of towns and cities? Considering a single ‘mini Holland’ has to date cost around £30 million to install, we’d suggest the figure falls well short of expectation. Another way of looking at things is to compare cycling’s budget to other transport spend, but then you’d really get annoyed