Daniel Zeichner – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Daniel Zeichner on 2016-02-10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2015 to Question 18101, at what stage he plans to be able to predict the geographical distribution of funding for cycling outside of London and the eight cycling ambition cities; and what steps he is taking to identify that geographical distribution.

Mr Robert Goodwill

Due to the inclusion of devolved funding when reporting on overall cycling expenditure, spend is usually reported in terms of regions.

Currently, spend on cycling is £6 per head across England compared to £2 per head in 2010, with spend of £10 in London and the eight Cycle Ambition Cities. Further details of funding programmes will be set out in the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy to be published in summer 2016.

In the meantime, where funding is already allocated then the geographic distribution is known.

Where funding has been subject to formula then the geographic distribution will be known at the point the formula weightings are determined.

Where funding is allocated by competition, then the geographic distribution will be known at the point the results of the competition are announced.

Where funding is devolved, then its geographic distribution is a matter for the relevant local body.