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Question 8 - we asked:

One of the major benefits of people cycling is decreased costs to healthcare budgets. Do you think money for building cycle routes should also come from health budgets ?

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4 of the 6 candidates (67%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Rupert READ
(Green Party)

Potentially, yes. However, if there is a proper transport budget this should theoretically not be needed. (I am our Party's national transport spokesman, and this would be my policy-brief in Parliament if I get elected next week. I would be pressing for a proper transport budget - and for massive savings in other areas, through scrapping the national road-building programme (though not the road-maintenance programme, which is vital for cyclists) and scrapping the vanity-project HS2.)

I understand that at least one NHS area has been part-funding 20mph zones and this is to be welcomed while transport funding is so poor.

Greens believe that healthcare costs are high partially because of the unhealthy environment we live in. By providing proper facilities that will give many more people the choice to cycle, opportunities for daily exercise as part of daily life will be much greater. (In this area, I have been guided for many years by the expertise of my friend and colleague Mayer Hillman, the pioneer of showing the massive health-benefits that accrue from cycling.)

Daniel ZEICHNER
(Labour Party)

This ties into a major theme for people across the UK. With an NHS in crisis, an aging population and a general population largely less healthy than it has been for some time, it is more important than ever to promote active travel as a means to a healthier end. A Labour Government will build on the great regional achievements of the Welsh Government's Active Travel Act to ensure we spend more time and money on healthier lifestyles, to pre-empt many of the problems we suffer in later life.

As you know, after five years of the Tories and Lib Dems the NHS is now in crisis. With a huge financial shortfall anticipated by the NHS for simply sustaining its current level of service, I don't think now is the time to draw down on its vulnerable budget to invest in areas outside of its existing parameters, but I do accept that Active Travel should form a vital part of our strategy to pre-empt ill health (and great cost) at the earliest possible opportunity.

Julian Leon HUPPERT
(Liberal Democrat)

There is absolutely no doubt that we need to have a joined up vision for cycling and walking across different departments, and the Department for Health is potentially a huge beneficiary from increased active transport – one study suggested savings of around £17 billion if we were at Dutch levels of cycling, due to reduced physical and mental health problems.

For that reason, I want to see a cross-departmental Cycling Action Plan, and a national Cycling Champion from outside the DfT, to make sure that this is all linked up. We need to break down the silos that mean that money is seen as belonging to one department or another, which too often means that policies are designed ignoring their effects in other areas of government.

Keith Alexander GARRETT
(Removing the politicians)

No. It should be planned and then done. Not bartered.

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