Funding for Cycling and Walking
Proper investment in England for cycling and walking could transform our streets and communities, making it safer for people of all ages and backgrounds to choose active travel for daily journeys. However, without additional funding, our streets and town centres won’t become the safer, cleaner and better places they could be.
This is your last chance to call for ring-fenced funding for cycling and walking by writing to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury about how he intends to achieve Government targets to double cycling without at least doubling the investment?
Why is funding for cycling and walking important now?
As the Autumn budget statement approaches, when Government spending decisions will be announced there’s a perfect opportunity to make your voice heard and call for cycling and walking to be given the funding that’s desperately needed to meet the Government‘s own targets. Former Transport Minister, Jesse Norman MP, confirmed in May that the Government would need to "potentially double or more" the level of investment to reach those targets, however the Government has not committed to any increase.
Current levels of investment, which the Government claims is £7 per person annually (in England outside London) will only take the Government a third of the way towards its target of doubling cycling. We're currently facing a climate crisis, a pollution crisis, a congestion crisis and an inactivity related health crisis, all of which active travel can help address. Underpinning all these crises is the long-term underfunding of cycling and walking, and we need you to help us change that.