Cycling infrastructure: Transforming our streets

Cycling infrastructure: Transforming our streets

The biggest barrier to cycling and walking for people in the UK, is the feeling that it’s not safe and easy to do it.

When we design streets in our communities that are cycle-friendly, we help to develop healthier and happier places. But delivering this requires investment to build separated cycle lanes and create an environment where people feel that it’s safe and pleasant to cycle.

Funding for cycling and walking is largely a devolved matter, and therefore decided by the respective Governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  In England the funding arrangements are different in London, but in all of the nations and every region what’s needed is dedicated funding to enable local authorities to plan and then build networks of high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure. 

The benefits of designing our streets for cycling are enormous. By making it feel safer and easier to cycle and walk we improve air quality and public health, help to address climate change, and bring  customers back to the high street.

The Government in Whitehall promised to double levels of cycling by 2025, and governments across the UK have put forward strategies, plans and proposals to increase active travel. But to achieve those targets, and make cycling the natural form of transport requires a significant increase in funding.

That’s why we campaign across the UK for more money for cycling, for streets that are designed for active travel, and for high quality cycling and walking infrastructure.

You can help to shape the kind of places you want to live, work and move around in. Make sure your voice is heard and support our campaigning to transform our streets.

Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19