Norman Baker (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport; Lewes, Liberal Democrat)
The Coalition Government's level of funding for cycling compares very favourably with other European countries. In this Parliament we have allocated £3.50 (€4.20) per person per year to cycling (based on £277 million invested since 2010 directly for cycling and the £600 million allocated for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund where 94 out of 96 projects contain a cycling element). For example, research by the European Cyclists' Federation states that national funding in Denmark is only around €4 and around €3 in the Netherlands—two countries recognised for their commitment to cycling.
Since February 2012 the Government has made an additional £159 million available for cycling infrastructure in England. As part of this, through the £77 million Cycling Ambition Grants, eight cities across England will receive an investment in cycling in excess of £10 per head per year. Along with local contributions, this equates to £18 per head of population across the funding period. City areas that will benefit are: Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Birmingham, West of England, Newcastle, Cambridge, Norwich and Oxford.