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Write to your MP to help save active travel funding, urges Cycling UK

Write to your MP to help save active travel funding, urges Cycling UK

Big Ben © Simon MacMichael Charity warns of Halloween “fright night” for walking and cycling when Chancellor announces Budget at end of this month Cycling…

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Big Ben © Simon MacMichael Charity warns of Halloween “fright night” for walking and cycling when Chancellor announces Budget at end of this month

Cycling UK is urging people in England to write to their MP to ask them to protect active travel funding from widely expected cuts in expenditure across government departments.

The charity is warning of a potential Halloween “fright night” for cycling and walking when the Chancellor of the Exchequer – currently, Jeremy Hunt, although given recent turnover in the position it’s anyone’s guess whether he will still be in the role in 12 days’ time – presents the Budget on 31 October.

While funding for cycling and walking in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the devolved administrations in those countries, Cycling UK is very concerned that money set aside for active travel in England – according to the second Cycling & Walking Strategy for England (CWIS2), published in July this year – could be at risk.

On its website (link is external) , the charity says: “Two years ago, the government published ‘Gear Change’ – their ‘bold vision for walking and cycling’, supported by an increase in funding for active travel.

“The increase was welcome, but investment in cycling and walking is still miniscule compared to other transport spending, even though the government acknowledges that the benefits of investing in cycling and walking are huge. It’s also not enough to enable every local authority to build the safe infrastructure needed, but there are […]

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