Minister confirms go-ahead for Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

Cycling and Walking Minister, Robert Goodwill, MP

Minister confirms go-ahead for Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill today confirmed that he has given instructions to progress towards formal 'Commencement' of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, paving the way for increased investment in improved cycling conditions.

Speaking today at the Cycle City Active City Conference in Newcastle Cycling and Walking Minister, Robert Goodwill, MP announced  that he has instructed Department of Transport officials to prepare the legislative order that will bring into effect the legal provisions in the Infrastructure Act requiring the Government to adopt a Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS).

The inclusion of this duty in the Infrastructure Act was a key campaigning achievement for CTC and its allies in the last Parliament.  It guarantees certainty of investment in walking and cycling, which in turn allows local authorities to plan comprehensive networks for their areas.

Parliament voted for a CWIS in January 2014, two days after CTC unveiled research by Leeds University showing that, if England were to meet the targets for increased cycle use by 2050 as proposed in the parliamentary ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report, this would yield economic benefits worth £248bn between now and then. The Get Britain Cycling report had recommended boosting cycle use from 2% of trips at present, to 10% (below German levels) by 2025 and to 25% (nearly Dutch levels) by 2050.

CTC had previously feared that the commencement of the CWIS could have been delayed indefinitely.  This is the fate that befell legislation in the Road Traffic Act 1974 (to tackle pavement parking outside London) and Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (to enable local authorities to take enforcment action against drivers wh park in mandatory cycle lanes).  Neither of these pieces of legislation has been brought into effect, despite the many years that have elapsed since Parliament voted for them.

In reaction to the announcement, CTC's Campaigns and Policy Director, Roger Geffen, MBE, said: "CTC looks forwards to working with the Government and local authorities to ensure that the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy is properly resourced, and backed by excellent design standards to ensure that whatever funding is allocated to cycling is well spent."

CTC looks forwards to working with the Government and local authorities to ensure this strategy is sufficiently well resourced and is used as an opportunity to develop and instil excellent design standards in cycling infrastructure".

Roger Geffen MBE, CTC Campaigns and Policy Director 

CTC and its allies are now pressing both the Department for Transport and the Treasury to commit significant investment for cycling in the Chancellor's spending review which is now underway.  The outcome is expected in November or December.

By law, the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy is required to include: 

● a long-term vision to increase walking and cycling rates across the whole population, in rural as well as urban areas;

● a Statement of Funds Available for the next five years that would be spent specifically on cycling and walking;

● a detailed Investment Plan of programmes and schemes - for example to improve cycle-rail integration, retrofit safe walking and cycling paths along busy roads and give provincial towns and cities London-style cycling measures and exemplary public spaces;

● a Performance Specification of measures and targets - for example increases in cycling and walking levels, improvement in safety, and the proportion of schools and stations with safe routes to them.

CTC began campaigning for an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill last year and over 5,000 CTC members emailed their MPs, urging them to support the inclusion of an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to create a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

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