Three MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group have today written to The Times urging that the Department for Transport must spend at least £10 per head to realise the prime minister’s promise of a "cycling revolution."
The APPCG letter was signed by Dr Julian Huppert, the LibDem MP for Cambridge; Ian Austin, the Labour MP for Dudley North; and Dr Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes.
"The future of UK cycling will be decided soon as the Department for Transport brings to a close its consultation on the draft cycling delivery plan. The government has already acknowledged cycling’s health benefits and its high return on investment. While the DfT’s draft plan is a step forward, it is still flawed.
"For cycle growth, we need long-term dedicated funding of at least £10 per head a year, which could be met from existing budgets. Cycling and its benefits are not purely a transport issue, and there must be full commitment and collaboration from other government departments in the delivery of the plan.
"Overall, the plan must be ambitious, and set itself the target of an increase of cycle use from 2 per cent to 10 per cent of all journeys by 2025 as recommended in the report Get Britain Cycling from the all-party parliamentary cycling group.
"Today we call on the government to use this opportunity to create the prime minister’s “cycling revolution”."