Thank you for contacting me about the Government's cycling and walking strategy and Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs).
I am pleased with the progress we have made since 2010 to encourage more cycling and walking, and spending on cycling and walking has doubled from around £3.5 per head to almost £7 per head over the current Spending Review period. However, I believe there is still more we can do to improve and build on the current success. I want to see walking and cycling become the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey.
To help achieve this, the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, the first ever statutory strategy for cycling and walking, was published in 2017 and identified £1.2 billion of funding which may be invested until 2021.
Through dedicated programmes, Ministers will invest £50 million to provide a further 1.3 million children with cycling proficiency training through the Bikeability scheme, £101 million to deliver the Cycle City Ambition scheme in full, £85 million for Highways England to make improvements to 200 sections of the road network in England for cyclists, and £80 million for local cycling and walking schemes through the Access Fund. This spending is on top of over £800 million available for councils and local enterprise partnerships to invest in walking and cycling through devolved funding streams. In addition, since the Strategy was published, further funding has been provided for cycling, including sums from the National Productivity Investment Fund and a top-up of the Cycle Ambition Cities funding.
In order to help local bodies that are interested in increasing cycling and walking in their local areas, the Government has published guidance on the preparation of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans. The guidance will enable local bodies to take a more strategic approach to improving conditions for cycling and walking. Locally, work is ongoing on ways of stimulating growth in the use of cycling and walking for work and leisure throughout Calderdale as part of the local authority's transport strategy for 2016 to 2031.
It is for local authorities to identify and prioritise investment for cycling and walking schemes from local funds and relevant national funding streams. Further funding opportunities are available through a range of recently-launched place based funds, including the Transforming Cities Fund, Future High Streets Fund, Housing Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Air Fund.
Through this funding, the Government aims to deliver increased safety for both cyclists and walkers across England, better mobility with higher quality cycling facilities and more towns and cities which have cycling and walking at their heart.
I look forward to seeing the continued positive results of this strategy which has the potential to benefit the whole community.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP