Bristol Liberal Democrats have welcomed the biggest single investment in cycling unveiled by Nick Clegg today to help make it easier and safer for residents to get on their bike in the city and across the UK.
In July, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP said he wanted to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020. Today, at a dedicated cycling summit hosted by him in Bristol and attended by Chris Boardman MBE, the Deputy Prime Minister will discuss how the government can make this happen with a package of measures totalling £214 million.
The announced investment will include:
- £114 million to secure funding to support the Cycling Ambition Cities Programme for the next 3 years (Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Oxford) accelerate their development of local cycling networks, increase protection for cyclists at junctions and traffic hot spots and help prevent accidents
- £100 million investment to improve the conditions for cyclists and walkers travelling alongside, and crossing, Britain’s most important and busiest roads – what’s called the Strategic Road Network.
This brings the total invested in cycling by the government to £588 million – in stark contrast to the last Parliament where the previous Labour government only spent £140 million between 2005 and 2010.
Over the past 4 years, Liberal Democrats in government have made significant investments in cycling by:
- More than doubling funding for cycling to £374 million in 2011 to 2015 to improve cycling safety, infrastructure and the availability and affordability of bikes for more people across the country
- Helping leverage an extra £248 million of local funding to deliver these programmes
- Giving Bristol and 7 other major UK cities (Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Oxford) access to £94 million of grants to help them improve their cycling infrastructure and build a reputation as modern cycling cities
Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West, said:
“Liberal Democrats have a great record of encouraging cycling in Bristol. When we ran the Council we invested heavily in cycle safety measures and were awarded the accolade of UK Cycling City. This was a key factor in our bid to become European Green Capital 2015.
“This further investment for cycling in Bristol shows that Liberal Democrats are serious in our commitment for Britain to become a cycling nation that can rival our European neighbours. We are doing this by making it safer and more convenient to cycle than ever before.”
Cllr Christian Martin, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Clifton East and Chair of the Council’s Place Scrutiny Commission, added:
“This is a most welcomed announcement and one that reaffirms Liberal Democrat commitments to both the health and safety of our nation (and consequently our city) as well as our environmental credentials to improve air quality and encourage alternative use of different modes of transport.
“When we ran the Council we achieved a sustained programme of public transport and cycling improvements and by 2012 cycling trips were up by 63% in the city. As both a car user and a cyclist any balanced improvements that make my cycling opportunities safer and more secure is fantastic.
“Given our city’s previous award as the UK’s first ‘Cycling City’ and the number of people cycling to work in the city doubling in the last ten years, I embrace this extra funding. It could only have been secured with the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government.”
Further details on Nick Clegg’s announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/deputy-pm-announces-214-million-investment-in-cycling
The number of people cycling to work in Bristol doubling between the 2001 and 2011 Census. These figures are supported by the 2011 Census.
The role of the Place Scrutiny Commission is the scrutiny of matters relating to the Place Directorate including property, planning and place strategy, highways and transport management development and regeneration, recycling, waste and environmental issues.