DfT Press Release
The Government has published its £1.2 billion long-term plan to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys. [This will benefit England excluding London.]
The Government wants cycling and walking to become the norm by 2040 and will target funding at innovative ways to encourage people onto a bike or to use their own two feet for shorter journeys.
Plans include specific objectives to double cycling, reduce cycling accidents and increase the proportion of 5 to 10 year-olds walking to school to 55% by 2025.
The £1.2 billion is allocated as follows:
- £50 million to provide cycling proficiency training for further 1.3 million children
- £101 million to improve cycling infrastructure and expand cycle routes between the city centres, local communities, and key employment and retail sites
- £85 million to make improvements to 200 sections of roads for cyclists
- £80 million for safety and awareness training for cyclists, extra secure cycle storage, bike repair, maintenance courses and road safety measures
- £389.5 million for councils to invest in walking and cycling schemes
- £476.4 million from local growth funding to support walking and cycling
The full article and strategy paper can be found here. Analysis by Sam Jones of Cycling UK in The Guardian's Bike Blog can be found here. Several documents have been published by the Government in conjunction with the main strategy document:
- Effectiveness and benefits of measures to increased walking and cycling: rapid evidence assessment
- Local cycling and walking investment plans technical guidance and tools
- Inputs, outputs, and outcomes
- What is it and how can you get involved
- Technical support expression of interest form
Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Competition
A separate DfT press release on 19 April 2017 announced that organisations can apply for a share of up to £470,000 for innovative proposals to encourage people to make more journeys by bike or on foot. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with a deadline of 7 June 2017. It has two phases. Up to £170,000 is available for phase 1, and up to £300,000 for phase 2. The competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations, but is particularly suitable for early-stage, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Industry partners such as local government, independent and third sectors can carry out the project on their own or with others. Total project costs can vary between £25,000 and £100,000 and up to 15 weeks to up to 9 months, depending on the phase.