£125m for Cycling in the UK?
Posted by chdot on October 23, 2007
The shortlist has been announced for The People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway. Fortunately Sustrans‘ worthy (but not dull) and ambitious (but not unrealistically so) connect2 project is one of the four finalists.
It must also be the bookies’ favourite as it’s an international plan available locally to ‘everyone’, whereas the other three are site specific. Whether much needed facilities to encourage walking and cycling should depend on the telephoned votes of TV viewers is of course a different issue.
In England there seems to a real expectation of “a big cash injection … Cycling England wants a minimum of £75m to progress its plans”. (reported in BikeBiz.co.uk.) Cycling England has been doing good work with its ‘6 Showpiece Cycling Demonstration Towns‘, proving what can be done with a sensible sum of money (“Cycling England will contribute up to £500,000 per year, per town for three years, matched by equal or greater funding from the local authority and its partners”) spent on new infrastructure and ‘softer’ promotional measures.
The Government in Scotland has been working on plans for a demonstration town for about a year, but is still ‘waiting to see what’s in the spending review’.