CTC campaigning win! Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, when he announced £214m investment for cycling
Today (Tuesday 27 January 2015) CTC, the national cycling charity, welcomed Parliament’s approval of the Government’s amendment to introduce a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy as part of the Infrastructure Bill.

The vote came two days after CTC unveiled new 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 report 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's research prompted over 5,000 CTC members and supporters to email their MPs, urging them to support the inclusion of an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, calling for a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

Acceptance of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy amendment is a turning point for cycling in the UK
Roger Geffen, CTC Campaigns and Policy Director

Roger Geffen, CTC Campaign and Policy Director, said:

"Credit must be given to the Government backing of it, MPs such as Dr Julian Huppert who fought so hard for it, and the thousands of people who worked so hard to make this happen.

“Now is no time for resting on our laurels. With the general election only months away CTC will be looking to secure commitments of how much funding each party would put into the investment strategy.”

Notes to editors

  1. CTC’s research, the Economic Cycle is available at: www.ctc.org.uk/economic-cycle
  2. For further information on 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.

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