Funding for Cycling and Walking
Capital funding for cycling and walking in England, outside London, is about to drop by 75%.
Before the general election, everyone in England, outside London, the Government invested annually £7 per person on cycling and walking. Now that figure has dropped to £1.55.
In May 2019 the Government acknowledged it needed to double investment to reach its own targets to increase cycling and walking.
Cycling UK is calling for the Government’s investment to rise to at least 5% of transport spend in 2020, and rise to a minimum of 10% over the next five years. Not drop.
By increasing investment in cycling and walking, we can help to address:
• Traffic congestion
• Air pollution
• Climate change
• Obesity crisis
• The decline of the high street
Take action: Speak to your MP
Have your voice heard and arrange a meeting with your MP. Please ask them to attend an upcoming debate on the short and long term funding for cycling and walking.
In addition to the debate, we have also proposed an amendment to the Environment Bill, to strengthen the Road Traffic Reduction Act, which would improve cycling and walking in your area by reducing traffic volume. We've called for the Government to set and review targets every two years on the Road Traffic Reduction Act, to ensure they are fulfilling their commitment to reduce traffic in our communities and increase cycling and walking. We have also proposed an amendment to the Environment Bill to include improving rights of way networks, not just maintaining them to provide better-connected safe off-road routes.