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Cycling: Finance

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of her Department's spending has been devoted to encouraging cycling in each of the last five years. (164629)

The Department provides funding to encourage cycling through a number of different mechanisms. These are through a central budget, to local authorities through the local transport plan (LTP) settlement, and to the Mayor of London via a total transport grant through Transport for London (TfL). These combined give the following spend:

Cycling spend (£ million)

2002-03

50.2

2003-04

43.0

2004-05

60.4

2005-06

51.2

2006-07

60.3

The DfT integrated block element of the LTP settlement was worth £547 million in 2006-07 while TfL received £2.4 billion. It is for local authorities and TfL to determine their spend on cycling.

This is a partial picture. There are many other initiatives that can contribute to the encouragement of cycling. For example, road safety and traffic calming schemes such as 20 mph zones or through programmes such as the Sustainable Travel Towns where all forms of sustainable travel including cycling are encouraged.

It would, therefore, be impossible to disaggregate the expenditure from these programmes and initiatives that have a direct impact upon encouraging cycling.