Cyclists

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote lanes for bicycles.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cycle lanes were opened in each year since 2004.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

In August 2013 the Prime Minister announced funding of £94 million to local authorities through the Cycling Ambition Grants for cities and National Parks. Funding for the eight cities and four National parks include the provision of cycle lanes. For instance in West Yorkshire it will enable, at 14 miles, the longest continuous cycleway in the north of England, connecting key employment and regeneration sites.

The Prime Minister also announced that all new roads and improvement schemes on the Strategic Road Network will be designed with cyclists, as well as motorists, in mind. The Highways Agency will also make £20 million available up until 2015-16 to help address current major road obstacles to cycle journeys. Local authorities will also be expected to up their game to deliver infrastructure that takes cycling into account from the design stage. In addition he also announced a feasibility study into a cycle path broadly following the HS2 route. For further information please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycling-governments-ambition-and-funding

To help local authorities in providing for cyclists the government has produced guidance in the form of Cycle Infrastructure Design (Local Transport Note 2/08) which can be found at:

http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/local-transport-notes/ltn-2-08.pdf

Local authorities are responsible for the delivery of cycle lanes on their highway network; the government does not keep a central record of how many were opened.

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