Cycling campaigners have welcomed an extra £20 million in funding for cycling infrastructure announced today, but are calling on the government to do more to encourage cycling across the country. 

The extra money was announced by Transport minister Norman Baker and will be available for projects across England. It brings the total available from central government to cycling projects this year to £50 million.

In a joint statement, British Cycling and CTC said they were encouraged by the funding but that real joined up leadership was now needed.

“If cycling is put at the heart of transport policy – so that all decisions are made with cycling in mind – we can create a cycling nation to rival countries like Denmark,” the statement reads.

“This additional funding is welcome and will have a positive effect, but if the government wants to make a real difference and help us all get active everyday we need to see a raft of measures with ongoing funding across the country – it’s time to transform the way we travel and make cycling the norm,” said Sustrans Chief Executive Malcolm Shephard.

Baker, speaking at a conference in Leicester, explained he was keen for the funds to capitalise on the success of the Olympics. 

“There is a huge appetite for more cycling provision from the travelling public and we need to capitalise on this enthusiasm at local and national level,” he said.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the Department for Health and shows promising signs of cross-departmental cooperation in Westminster on the same day that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence called for Brits to walk and cycle more.

Baker also hinted that an announcement from the Prime Minister regarding cycling and walking was expected in the New Year, as called for by a current Early Day Motion urging government to ‘Get Britain Cycling.’

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  • Graeme

    I guess £20m isn`t a lot when you consider what gets spent on the roads and motorways but it`s probably £19.9m more than we would have had a few years ago! Yes,like all cyclists I`m impatient for this country to become more cycling friendly and have facilities like many of our continental cousins,but we mustn`t forget that we have come a LONG,LONG way in a comparitively short time.
    When I was a teenager in the `70s you were laughed at riding a road bike,or riding in a cycling club group through the country lanes. Comments like ” get off and milk it!” or “who do yer think you are,Eddy Merckx?!!” were common place. Now though it`s ‘cool’ to ride a bike(especially a good road bike)and people don`t laugh and take the mickey anymore. Finally,who would have thought we would have had a British TDF winner,because I thought it wouldn`t happen in my lifetime! Everything`s possible and I`m sure before long a proper cycling culture will be ingrained in this country,just as it is in certain places abroad.

  • gg/gg

    Can’t do much over all the country with that amount; probably focused on city centres. We out in the suburbs and countryside also need help with traffic calming and speed control.
    More people would ride bikes if they didn’t run the risk of having their bike stolen; sworn at; nearly run into the gutter; to name a few. Some of this money needs putting into educating drivers during the driving instruction period; pupils are taught to drive at the “speed limit”; but they misunderstand this and drive at the limit even if it’s not a suitable road or situation.