Cycle Industry News)
The UK Government has after some delay published its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy within which it makes a £1.2 billion commitment to “make walking and cycling the natural choice for short journeys”.
In the strategy’s foreword, cyclist dooring Transport Secretary Chris Grayling speaks of turning cycling from a niche activity into a “normal activity for all”.
“If we can increase levels of walking and cycling, the benefits are substantial. For people, it means cheaper travel and better health. For businesses, it means increased productivity and increased footfall in shops. And for society as a whole it means lower congestion, better air quality, and vibrant, attractive places and communities,” he says.
The ambition with the CWIS is to “double cycling activity by 2025” and consecutively reduce injuries and fatalities on Britain’s roads.
- £50 million to provide cycling proficiency training for further 1.3 million children
- £101 million to improve cycling infrastructure and expand cycle routes between the city centres, local communities, and key employment and retail sites
- £85 million to make improvements to 200 sections of roads for cyclists
- £80 million for safety and awareness training for cyclists, extra secure cycle storage, bike repair, maintenance courses and road safety measures
- £389.5 million for councils to invest in walking and cycling schemes
- £476.4 million from local growth funding to support walking and cycling
In addition, the government is investing an extra:
- £5 million on improving cycle facilities at railway stations
- £1 million on Living Streets’ outreach programmes to encourage children to walk to school
- £1 million on Cycling UK’s ‘Big Bike Revival’ scheme which provides free bike maintenance and cycling classes
The five main sources of funding for cycling and walking are outlined in turn: DfT cycling and walking specific programmes, DfT local transport programmes, other central Government programmes supporting cycling and walking, local body programmes and finally initiatives led by business and the third sector.