Wednesday, November 30th 2016 at 12:01PM GMT
The Bicycle Association is urging the government to spend more on cycling: “The trivial proportion of the transport budget currently allocated to cycling must be increased to at least 10 percent,” said the BA’s operations director Steve Garidis.
He added: “The UK badly needs a high-quality cycle network connecting urban centres, stations, schools, and workplaces.”
The BA plans to extend the current Bike Hub levy scheme by extending its work to include outreach, advocacy and promotion. The fund will become known as the Bicycle Industries Fund.
Members will hear of these plans at a Winter meeting in Birmingham next week. This meeting will also be told of new Bicycle Association stats that shows that the UK cycling market has an annual revenue of £2.6 billion, contributing over £500m in VAT in 2015.
The stats are in a report compiled by Michael Freason, a director at economic and social development consultancy SQW.
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BA members were emailed with an extract from the report last night. Frearson will be fleshing out the figures in his presentation to BA members in Birmingham, with the full report due out next year.