In addition to this announcement, Cycling UK has been awarded a further £1 million to fund its Big Bike Revival (BBR) programme. BBR helps people to get their bikes fixed up and then provides the support and encouragement necessary to keep them cycling.
The Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) sets out its aspiration to make cycling and walking the norm by 2040.
In response Cycling UK's Chief Executive Paul Tuohy said:
"Cycling is a fantastic transport choice, helping you to stay active and healthy as part of your daily routine, and saving you money on travel costs. Cycling UK's Big Bike Revival will help tens of thousands of people back into cycling by getting your bikes checked over, fixed up and back into use. We are grateful to the Department for Transport for supporting this initiative for this, our third year of national activities to help get more of the UK cycling more often.”
Thanks to successful campaigning by Cycling UK and its partners, the Infrastructure Act 2015 requires the Government to set out a CWIS for England. Today's announcement confirms that this is the first of a series of shorter term, five year strategies to support a long-term ambition to make walking and cycling the natural choice for shorter journeys by 2040.
Roger Geffen, Policy Director at Cycling UK said:
"Cycling UK has spent years campaigning for a strong and well-funded Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, so we’re pleased to see it finally published two years after it was initially announced. A big ‘thank you’ is due to the DfT officials who have put a huge amount of effort into it.
“Now the hard work begins. With national as well as local elections now looming, Cycling UK will be doing all we can to build the cross-party support needed to strengthen this investment strategy over time, while supporting councils in making best use of the resources available, as they start bringing this vision to life.”
Over this weekend (22 – 23 April) Cycling UK and local campaign groups have organised a series of mass rides and rallies calling for improved cycling facilities as part of its wider Space for Cycling campaign. These are geared to bring local communities and local authorities together to collectively develop and agree on positive, practical ways to target local investment into key locations, making cycling a safer, more convenient transport choice based on current and predicted cycling needs.