CTC launch #Funding4Cycling
CTC launch #Funding4Cycling
CTC, the national cycling charity, describes the Government’s inability to deliver the long awaited Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan (CWDP) as “slow puncturing”, as it launches a #Funding4Cycling campaign, calling for consistent long-term investment to "Get Britain Cycling".
The Government’s cycling policy is like a bike with a slow puncture: it’s totally deflated and failing to make progress. Long-term annual funding of at least £10 per person is the repair kit needed to get it rolling again.
"Officials at the Department for Transport clearly understand the measures needed for cycling to become a normal activity for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. However, that's only going to happen if ministers and all relevant departments – including the Treasury – can agree on a plan and the funding needed to deliver it.”
CTC Chief Executive
The Government promised a Cycling Delivery Plan in the autumn of 2013 following the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report. However, no plan has yet been published and CTC sees the delay as a sign that funding for cycling has not been agreed. CTC believes that for the Prime Minister’s “cycling revolution” to happen, there needs to be consistent long-term funding of at least £10 per head annually.
CTC’s #Funding4Cycling campaign calls on cyclists and supporters to make the case for investment in cycling to HM Treasury, which is currently seeking public submissions ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. CTC has made this easy to do via www.funding4cycling.org.uk. Responses need to be in by 17 October and the Autumn Statement itself will be made on 03 December.
CTC Press Office
1. The #Funding4Cycling campaign can be found at www.funding4cycling.org.uk
2. CTC’s national #Space4Cycling campaign has engaged over 10,000 people across the country, and has so far seen 541 councillors signing up to its goal of creating a safe and attractive environment for cyclists of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. For further information visit: www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/space-for-cycling
3. The Get Britain Cycling report was published in April 2013 and received widespread support across all political parties. It laid out 18 recommendations for the Government which are needed to improve cycling in the UK. For further information visit: www.ctc.org.uk/campaign/get-britain-cycling
4. For further information on CTC campaigns, please visit www.ctc.org.uk/current-campaigns
CTC, the UK’s largest cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.