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House of Lords written question – answered on 6th January 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Seccombe Baroness Seccombe Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual Bikeability budget for the current and next financial year.

Photo of Lord Deighton Lord Deighton The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The annual budget set by the Department for Transport for its Bikeability programme is: £11.7 million in 2014-15; and £11.9m in 2015-16.

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Andrew Reeves-Hall
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 12:06 pm (Report this annotation)

This answer appears to be part of a justification to a claim made in a Conservative party document which said that a Labour government (if elected in May 2015) would resurrect Cycling England and that this would cost £63m (reference [1]).

Furthermore, because Baroness Seccombe asked a related question [2], I feel her question is used to imply that the current government has reduced the spending on cycling to just the Bikeability funding of about £12m.

This would be disingenuous.

In November 2014 the deputy PM stated [3] that the current government is "more than doubling funding for cycling to £374 million in 2011 to 2015".

Writing on BikeBiz, Carlton Reid stated [4]: "Cycling England did not cost £63m to run – it had an operational budget of less than £200,000 per year and, via experts, advised the Department for Transport on how to spend its cycling budget."

Thus, the rest of the Cycling England budget was spent in ways similar to today; just that now a politician gets to claim the credit for handing out the cash!

Meanwhile, funding for Bikeability continues just as it has since its first budget allocation in 2007 [5] [6]


[5] FOI:
[6] Bikeability Delivery Statistics Clarification Note and Summary: