17. The Government should set national targets to increase cycle use

Recommendation…

This recommendation is grouped into the topic: Political Leadership.

17. The Government should set national targets to increase cycle use from less than 2% of journeys in 2011, to 10% of all journeys in 2025, and 25% by 2050.


Official Department for Transport Response…

The Government does not believe that to set national targets for cycling will encourage take up at local level. It is for Local Authorities to decide on suitable/sensible ambitions for their local areas. A ‘One size fits all’ approach is not effective.

For example, the eight successful Cycling Ambition Grant cities have all set targets that are ambitious, but different given their local circumstances and current levels of cycling.

The Government continues to invest money – £159m has been announced since the beginning of 2012 – and implement measures that enable more people to choose cycling.

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