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Question 5 - we asked:
The Netherlands spends over £20 head on cycling annually. Should we try to match this, or should we be spending much more to catch up?
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4 of the 6 candidates (67%) who were asked this question responded as below.
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Our policy is £30/head (see above) - the UK has a long way to catch up.
However, it is essential that this is matched with design standards. The current government's policy of devolving cycle design standards to local authorities under the guise of Eric Pickles -style localism, has been a failure, resulting in some of the current spending being misused. Of course, there needs to be some local flexibility to go further where Local Authorities wish to be more ambitious, but design standards should start from a high baseline.
The Conservatives' scrapping of Cycling England was a massive backwards step in ensuring that such money is well-spent. It acted as an excellent safeguard in monitoring schemes and helping develop skills amongst Local Authority practitioners.
Clearly we have a long way to go when it comes to funding for cyclists, and I think we should ultimately aim to match those with the best record on cycling.
I have been extremely disappointed over the last 5 years at the failure of the Lib Dems and Tories to push any serious cycling measures through Parliament. Indeed, it was only in the very last budget that new funding proposals for cyclists were announced - albeit for just 8 cities in the UK.
I think we need to spend a great deal more, which is why Labour has earmarked an extra £250million to be used by a new cross-departmental Cycling and Pedestrians Advisory Board. This will ensure that all new government projects have cycling provision from their very beginning. It will be great to have this sum invested in cycling and pedestrians but I will argue for this sum to be invested every year to enable long term planning in cycle infrastructure to encourage more people to take up cycling.
I want to ensure Cambridge is one of the most well funded cycling cities in the country, so I will continue to push for more funding and more investment until we reach that goal.
|Julian Leon HUPPERT
We should aim for that figure on a sustained basis, and the Get Britain Cycling Report, which has been endorsed by my party and features in our manifesto, says we should ‘Create a cycling budget of at least £10 per person per year, increasing to £20’. I see no reason why that level of funding couldn’t be relatively easily found from within the existing Department for Transport budget, by simply reprioritising away from large road schemes. I lead the fight in Parliament that successfully secured in law a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, which has increased the profile of walking and cycling in the department, and should facilitate this increased expenditure.
I had been hoping that Labour and the Tories would join us in this commitment to increase spending on cycling, as both of them have MPs heavily involved in the All-Party Group, but they have both decided not to do so. Nonetheless, it is something I would continue to press for whatever the makeup of the next Government.
|Keith Alexander GARRETT
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Again this is approached from the wrong direction. Trying to allocate a sum now is incorrect. It's a symptom of a system where people have to fight for budgets rather than deciding on priorities and then getting on with them.
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