Campaign

Funding4Cycling

Introduction

#Morethan milk logo
Cycling UK's 2016 #morethanmilk action spells out the major discrepancy between funding for cycling and walking, when set up against the planned investment for highways and trunk roads - 72p per head (outside of London) for 2020 for cycling and walking compared to £86 per head for roads.
 
We called on English MPs to support a cross party letter to the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin MP, which spelled out how a successful Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) can be achieved. Over 1800 supporters wrote to their MPs, helping to inspire 57 English MPs and Peers to sign up to this letter, and through Cycling UK's coordination a letter to The Times.
 
In 2015, Cycling UK worked in coalition with other active travel groups to secure the first CWIS. The consultation ends on 23 May, and if properly informed will ensure the Government's ambition to make "cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey" becomes a reality rather than an empty aspiration. 
 
Popular engagement works, as we saw in 2014, when Cycling UK’s #funding4cycling initiative targeted HM Treasury as it consulted ahead of the 2014 Autumn Statement. We again called for at least £10 per head per person.
 
The campaign ran for only a week up till Friday 17 October 2014. During this period, the campaign reached over 12,000 people and subsequently saw funding of £10 per head for the residents of eight Cycling Cities announced.
 
 

Recent Campaign Activity

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement in Westminster
Autumn Statement: “Use local road funds to make Space for Cycling at same time” Press Release
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced £1.1bn to upgrade local roads in his Autumn Statement today – prompting an immediate response from Cycling UK urging local authorities to use this opportunity to incorporate high-quality cycle facilities at the same time.
Cyclists waiting at a red light in Copenhagen. Photo: Heb@Wikimedia Commons, CC
More people cycling than driving in Copenhagen for first time since records began Blog
Copenhagen is well known for cycling. This week, for the first time, the number of cycles entering the city centre has officially topped the number of motor vehicles. The UK government must recognise now that creating Space for Cycling is a must if they want to fulfill their ambition of creating a 'cycling revolution'. Our Space for Cycling campaigner, Tom Guha, investigates.
Soft drinks in a fridge
'Sugar Tax'– what is it good for? Blog
Cycling of course! This Thursday, the Guardian published a collective call from active travel groups and health charities for the Government to use future proceeds from the so-called 'sugar tax' to fund cycling and walking to school. Campaigns Coordinator Sam Jones explains how this came about.
Riders at the Albert Memorial in London
Government must listen to MPs' and Lords' call for funding for cycling Press Release
Cycling UK praised the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s (APPCG) report of their inquiry into the Government’s draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) published today (Wednesday, 08 June). The report was launched at Cycling UK’s annual Parliamentary Bike Ride, as part of the preparations for Bike Week 2016.
 
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