The DfT has launched a consultation on its Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan which is intended to “double levels of cycling by 2025”, and explore how further funding can be generated for cycle schemes across England.
The Government’s vision is that cycling, alongside walking, will become “the natural choice for shorter journeys, regardless of age, gender, fitness or income, beginning with encouraging children to walk or cycle to school where possible”.
Annual funding for walking and cycling is currently around £5 per person, but the DfT aspires to increase this to £10 by 2020/21.
The plan sets out specific actions to improve leadership, funding, infrastructure, planning and safety.
It includes measures to forge partnerships between Government and local authorities who, in exchange for committing to actions to deliver ambitious changes in cycling and walking, will receive priority access to funding, knowledge sharing, and sector expertise.
The plan also sets out further work to ‘cycle proof’ the road network, to ensure that cyclists are considered at the design stage of new and improved road infrastructure.
It also highlights work to develop guidance for engineers and other professionals working on cycling infrastructure, to ensure they have access to skills development and guidance on how to design best practice cycle infrastructure.
The plan also explains the DfT’s strategy to tackle cycle safety issues with a view to reducing the rate of those killed or seriously injured on the roads, and addressing the public perception that “cycling is not safe”.
Robert Goodwill, transport minister said: “This Government is serious about making the UK a cycling nation. We have doubled funding since 2010, with £374m committed between 2011 and 2015.
“We want cycling and walking to become the natural choices for shorter journeys, kick starting a cycling revolution that will remove barriers for a new generation of cyclists.
“This strategy provides a road map for the way forward.”