Strategy

Title: Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 4th May 2017
Date published/launched: April 2017

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This paper gives details of the government's £1.2bn long-term plan designed to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys.

The first statutory cycling and walking investment strategy includes £50m to provide ‘cycling proficiency’ training to a further 1.3m children.

The strategy include specific objectives to double cycling, reduce cycling collisions and casualties and increase the proportion of 5 to 10 year-olds walking to school to 55% by 2025.

The strategy also includes £101m to improve cycling infrastructure and expand cycle routes between city centres, local communities, and key employment and retail sites.

The government wants cycling and walking to become the norm by 2040, and is targeting funding at innovative ways to encourage people onto a bike or to use their own two feet for shorter journeys.

Living Streets will receive £1m to support its outreach programmes to encourage children to walk to school, with similar funding also provided for Cycling UK’s ‘Big Bike Revival’ scheme which provides free bike maintenance and cycling classes.

Other funding allocations include:

• £85m to make improvements to 200 sections of roads for cyclists
• £80m for safety and awareness training for cyclists, extra secure cycle storage, bike repair, maintenance courses and road safety measures
• £389.5m for councils to invest in walking and cycling schemes
• £476.4m from local growth funding to support walking and cycling

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