1. Create a cycling budget of at least £10 per person per year, increasing to £20

Recommendation…

This recommendation is grouped into the topic: A new priority for investing public funds

1. Create a cycling budget of £10 per person per year, increasing to £20.

Background and evidence…

New guidance from the National institute for Health and Care Excellence referred to figures produced by the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, The Netherlands, in 2009:

  • bicycles are used in around 2% of journeys in Britain compared with about…
  • 26% of journeys in the Netherlands,
  • 19% in Denmark and
  • 5% in France

Phil Goodwin stated in his forward to the ‘Get Britain Cycling‘ report (emphasis added):

In practical terms for the national average figure around 2%, we should see the important places and developments as having a potential somewhere in the region of 30%-40%, which would put cycling on a par with any of the other modes. Both experience and statistical analysis suggests that this is achievable, the cost of doing so being in the order of £10-£20 per head of the population per year, sustained for some decades, a figure which would simply accord with cycling having the same share of resources as it currently does of travel.

The evidence is that the economic benefits in terms of health and traffic congestion alone are substantially greater than the cost, and more indirect judgements indicate that the resulting improvement in quality of life and the attractiveness of residential areas and town centres adds to these benefits.


Official Department for Transport Response…

Since February 2012 the Department for Transport has made an additional £159 million available for cycling infrastructure in England. Projects include: better facilities for cyclists at railway stations; improved cycle links in communities; schemes to improve the layout of road junctions to make them more cycle friendly; and recently announced schemes in cities and National Parks.

Following the £77 million of Cycle Ambition Grants announced by the Prime Minister for eight cities across England, investment in cycling in these areas is now in excess of £10 per head per year. Along with local contributions, this equates to £18 per head of population across the funding period. City areas that will benefit are: Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Birmingham, West of England, Newcastle, Cambridge, Norwich and Oxford.

94 of the 96 projects being funded by the Department for Transport’s £600 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund contain a cycling element. Together with local contributions, this is £1 billion of investment.

Bikeability cycle training grant provides funding of up to £40 per child training place.

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