British Cycling’s #ChooseCycling manifesto calls for ‘meaningful and consistent levels of investment’.
This new government consultation has the potential to secure guaranteed funding for cycle routes of at least £50 million. While this is nowhere near the recommended £10 per recommended minimum this could be just part of the package used to improve roads for cycling.
Gearing up for efficient highway delivery and funding is a consultation on how the government allocates maintenance funding to highway authorities. For the first time, the government is proposing a ring-fenced funding for cycling and walking. It will help those authorities who have big plans for cycling but who need to secure extra funding to make it happen.
We need your help to persuade government that there is support for this move by taking two minutes to respond to just two questions in the consultation.
Consultation deadline: 2 March 2014
You can copy and paste the responses below to question 13 and 14
Qu. 13 Do you think that the maintenance and improvement of cycleways and footways should be eligible for funding from the proposed Challenge Fund?
Yes – cycling schemes are capable of delivering serious transport solutions and many local authorities already have ambitious plans that would require the sort funds available through the Challenge Fund. One of the Challenge Fund criteria should be for local authorities to demonstrate plans to integrate their cycling programmes and their planned road maintenance programmes, so that the latter are consistently ‘cycle-proofed’ – i.e. to systematically seek opportunities to improve cycling conditions whenever planned maintenance schemes are undertaken.
Qu. 14 Would you prefer a specific discrete Fund for cycleways and footways maintenance, to be top sliced from the £976 million funding provided for local highways maintenance funding per annum?
‘Top slice funding should be in addition to eligibility for the Challenge Fund. Access to ‘top slice funding’ should be prioritised to those local authorities with developed and ambitious plans for growing levels of cycling. The Get Britain Cycling report recommended a minimum of £10 per head was needed to transform the cycling environment. The £50 million top slice funding would be welcome but it is not at the level required to meet the Prime Minister’s ambition for cycling as outlined in the consultation’.