Cycling: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 17th June 2022.

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Photo of Alberto Costa Alberto Costa Conservative, South Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help improve road safety for cyclists.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government takes very seriously the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users and is committed to reducing the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on England’s roads. In July 2020 the Prime Minister launched ambitious plans to encourage cycling and walking. This includes a £2 billion package of funding for active travel over 5 years, which is the largest ever boost for cycling and walking, and will deliver transformational change and improve safety for people cycling.

On 14 May 2022 the Government announced £200 million of funding for new walking and cycling schemes across England, including £35m for the National Cycle Network and a new £8 million e-cycle programme. We have also set up Active Travel England as an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport, which will have a much more hands-on role with local authorities: working with them to get their cycling and walking schemes right and making sure they deliver them properly.

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