Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s nominee for Greater Manchester’s mayoral elections in May, has told Cycling UK that he’d like to see a dedicated cycling budget for the city, along with new infrastructure and a bike share scheme. His ultimate goal is to reach London’s funding figure of £17 per head for cycling.
We have been the medals factory that has kick-started so much Olympic success, but if you go out on to the roads of Greater Manchester you see very few people cycling. So we have got an opportunity here to put that right, to learn from where London got things right, where they got it wrong, and come back with a really strong plan to boost cycling across the city region.”
Andy Burnham MP & Labour nominee for Mayor of Manchester.
- Watch Mr Burnham being interviewed by Cycling UK’s President and Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow.
Meanwhile Andy Street, the Conservative metro-mayoral candidate for the West Midlands and former boss of the John Lewis Partnership, has pledged a 40-fold increase in spending on walking and cycling.
Investment in cycling and walking also needs a major boost. There is some exceptional work taking place in parts of the region around cycling. For example, Birmingham Cycling Revolution is an excellent project; what we need to do is apply this across the West Midlands.”
Andy Street, Conservative nominee for West Midlands Mayor (as reported in the Birmingham Mail).
Mr Street also said: “The role of Mayor means that, for the first time, we will be able to have a fully co-ordinated approach and somebody who will be able to press for investment in our cycling and walking routes. In London, spending per head on sustainable transport is around £20. In the West Midlands it is 25p – that is clearly unacceptable and as Mayor I am committing to achieving a 40-fold increase which would lead to a transformation in our region’s cycling infrastructure.”
The 25p figure comes from the West Midlands Cycling Charter, drawn up by Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM), which Cycling UK and other local and national walking and cycling groups are jointly urging the region’s mayoral candidates to back.
In due course, Cycling UK will also be talking to Greater Manchester mayoral nominees Sean Anstee (Con) and Jane Brophy (LibDem).