This is a promise to continue to support local authorities to expand cycle networks. The government says it wants more safe routes for cycling, with links to schools and workplaces, safer rural roads and more networks of routes. It is part of a strategy to increase walking and cycling as the natural choice for shorter journeys or as part of a longer journey.
Since the last general election, 36 local authorities have won funding for technical support to plan cycling and walking networks.
As part of its Cycle Safety Review, the government provided the chance to bid for funding to improve road safety and create bike-friendly areas. The six winning cities will share just over £7 million for better crossings, access for cyclists and a new cycle route on canal towpaths.
In March 2019, the Cycling Minister announced “£21 million to improve…stretches of the 16,000-mile National Cycle Network”.
Also, in July 2019, a Transport minister listed funding for cycling, including some specifically for local authorities.
The scale of investment and support falls short of the £2.8 billion which the Sustrans charity estimates is required. But the government has continued to support local authorities to expand cycle networks, so this policy promise is ‘done’.
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- The National Cycle Network – Sustrans
- Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy – Gov.uk
- Department for Transport – Cycle Safety Review – Gov.uk
- £23 million government funding boost to cycling and walking nationwide – Gov.uk
- Paths for everyone: Sustrans’ review of the National Cycle Network 2018 – Sustrans
- National Cycle Network has many ‘crap’ paths, says charity in charge – The Guardian