Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2015 to Question 11472, what (a) his Department's expenditure per head and (b) total expenditure from the public purse on cycling in each English region was in each year from 2011-12 to 2014-15; and what expenditure per head on cycling (i) by his Department and (ii) from the public purse is projected to be in each English region in 2015-16.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In the five years 2011/12 to 2015/16, the Department for Transport (DfT) has increased its spend on cycling in England from £1 per head to £3 per head. Local authorities also spend significant amounts on cycling and over the same period, total spend on cycling in England has increased from £2 per head to £6 per head. Spend is over £10 per head in the eight Cycle Ambition Cities and London.






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In 2014-15, the Department’s dedicated cycling programmes were Bikeability, Cycle Ambition Cities, Cycling in National Parks and the Highways Agency’s cycling programme. The Department also funds cycling programmes through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, with 28% of the LSTF being spent on cycling. The Department secures a range of match funding contributions from local authorities for these programmes: the LSTF secured 99% match funding.

Lists of projects and locations are available for the following programmes:


Linking Communities:

Local Sustainable Transport Fund:

Cycle Ambition Cities and Cycling in National Parks:


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Andrew Reeves-Hall
Posted on 22 Oct 2015 12:12 pm (Report this annotation)

For comparison, the Netherlands spends about £24 per person per year -- nearly an order of magnitude more than the UK.

Very few of the recommendations in last parliaments 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry have been addressed - including the spend of at least £10 per person per year rising to £20.

Aside: the campaign group 'Stop Killing Cyclists' calls for double the amount spent in The Netherlands just so the UK can catch up.

p.s. How much of that £3 figure given above is for cycling infrastructure itself, that is, not including other schemes & advertising budgets which may make the spending appear larger than it actually is?