A coalition of active travel groups has repeated its call for an immediate doubling of Government funding for walking and cycling.
Responding to a new report from the Transport Committee, the Walking and Cycling Alliance* says only ‘a tiny fraction’ of the Government’s current transport spend is dedicated to active travel.
The Transport Committee report, published on 4 October, recommends the Government sets more ambitious targets for increasing levels of cycling and walking.
The report also calls on the Government to increase funding for active travel, a move which would help local authorities to ‘make active travel a priority’.
The Walking and Cycling Alliance says current funding for cycling and walking is estimated at £7 per person in England, equating to approximately 2% of total transport spending.
It wants funding for infrastructure and programmes to increase to £17 per person annually immediately, and £34 per person by 2025.
Joe Irvin, chief executive of Living Streets, said: “Walking and cycling have huge benefits to our health, but also help reduce road congestion, greenhouse gases and air pollution across the UK. The Government needs to double investment in active travel now, not tomorrow.
“Investment is currently only 2% of Government transport spend – a tiny fraction. The Government has already admitted its current policies will only deliver a third of what is needed to meet its cycling target.”
*The Walking and Cycling Alliance is made up of the Bicycle Association, British Cycling, Cycling UK, Living Streets, Ramblers and Sustrans.