Cycling and Walking: Children

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 13 September 2016.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to page 8 of the Government's report entitled, Childhood Obesity: a Plan for Action, published in August 2016, how much the Government has invested in (a) walking to school and (b) cycling to school in each year since 2010.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The table attached shows investment in walking and cycling to school programmes in each year since 2010:

In 2010/11 Bikeability was one of a portfolio of programmes delivered by Cycling England, which received £63m government funding in 2010/11.

Between 2011/12 and 2015/16, the Local Sustainable Transport Fund was open to local authorities to bid for funding for projects to address local transport problems. For some areas, this included support for walking and cycling to school projects. The Department does not hold information on precise funding allocated to these projects.

Similarly, the Department has made £20.6m revenue funding available in 2016/17 through the Sustainable Transport Transition Year Fund, which is eligible for local authorities to bid for projects which support walking and cycling to school.

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Katja Leyendecker
Posted on 14 Sep 2016 1:52 pm (Report this annotation)

Investment surely would be to provide the basics, the foundation: safe routes, through reduce car use and building safe direct cycleways. Until then you are throwing money down the drain, again and again.