CTC says that the fact that the plan was launched “just minutes before the scheduled start of a House of Commons debate on the future of cycling in Britain”, makes “a mockery of Parliament’s role to scrutinise Government strategy and policy”.
Paul Tuohy, CTC chief executive, said: “This is a derisory plan not a delivery plan.
“The Prime Minister’s ‘cycling revolution’ with its Penny Farthing budget is going nowhere unless the Chancellor finds funding for cycling in his Autumn Statement.
“Cycling needs at least £10 a head if we are even to begin catching up with German, Dutch or Danish levels of cycle use.
“If we can afford long term strategies for our roads and railways, why not for cycling? Given its huge benefits to the economy and the environment, our waistlines and our wallets, it is surely foolish not to.”
CTC says the draft plan “lacks any firm commitments to provide the funding for cycling needed to make it a safe and attractive option for day-to-day journeys, for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities”.
It is backing the recommendations made by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) that the Government should commit to at least £10 per head per year – rising to £20 as cycle use increases – and should set a target to boost cycle use from below 2% of trips at present, to 10% by 2025, and 25% by 2050.
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