To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make provision in the spending review for five per cent of transport spending to be for cycling and walking, in order to encourage those undertaking short journeys, in particular children going to school, to cycle or walk.
The Government intends to announce spending review provisions in November 2015 followed by a Confirmation of Statement of Funds Available, setting out the financial provision for cycling and walking, in December 2015.
This Government has a legislative obligation in the Infrastructure Act 2015, to make provision for cycling and walking. The Act provides a duty on the Secretary of State to set a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) as soon as practicable; which must specify (a) objectives to be achieved during the period to which it relates, and (b) the financial resources to be made available by the Secretary of State for the purpose of achieving those objectives.
Government has commenced work to develop the first CWIS and will be engaging with interested parties during the development phase.