LGA responds to Cycle to Work Day

“To mark the day, councils are encouraging residents to cycle by promoting cycling proficiency tests and bike safety awareness campaigns, providing dedicated on-road cycle paths, installing secure cycle parking on high streets and supporting bike sharing schemes."


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Responding to Cycle to Work Day, today, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:

“To mark the day, councils are encouraging residents to cycle by promoting cycling proficiency tests and bike safety awareness campaigns, providing dedicated on-road cycle paths, installing secure cycle parking on high streets and supporting bike sharing schemes.

“However, councils face an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025 and are finding it increasingly challenging to invest in cycling infrastructure.

“Since the number of people cycling in England has flat-lined this year, the Government should build on the success of existing bike schemes and provide long-term funding in the forthcoming Spending Review to help all councils encourage their communities the chance to get active, improve public health and reduce pollution.”


Case studies

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham City Council has a scheme which provides free adult bikes, giving priority to families who plan to cycle together. A maximum of two bikes are given per household, including previous Big Birmingham Bikes. Birmingham has invested heavily in cycling infrastructure around the city as part of its 20-year Birmingham Cycle Revolution, including the recent opening of two fully segregated cycle lanes on major routes into the city (the A34 and A38) with the aim of encouraging more people to commute by bike.

Hackney Council 
Hackney Council provides two hours of free cycling training to all those who live, work and study in the borough and following years of investment in residential cycle parking, has the most cycle parking in London. Hackney has the highest number of people cycling to work in London and the second highest number in England (after Cambridge) by total numbers.

Gloucestershire County Council
The council recently voted unanimously to support a cycling safety motion in support of Gloucestershire police on ‘Operation Close Pass’, a national initiative which aim to educate more drivers about how to drive safely around cyclists. The council already offers Bikeability training to about 4,500 school children each year.

Oxfordshire County Council
Oxfordshire County Council launched a survey to understand what residents like and dislike about cycling in the county. The council will use feedback to create a cycling network that is attractive, comfortable and easy to use.


Notes to editors

  • Councils in England face an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign calls on the Prime Minister to ensure the forthcoming Spending Review secures the future of vital local services and the long-term financial sustainability of councils. Visit our campaign page for more information - https://www.local.gov.uk/spending-review-2019 
  • Latest figures show funding cuts to council budgets has meant that the amount of money councils have been able to spend on routine road maintenance has fallen from £1.1 billion in 2009/10 to around £701 million in 2017/18 – a 37 per cent reduction. 
  • Would be cyclists can plan out their routes using journey planning websites such as Sustrans and Cycle Streets
  • The number of miles cycled per person has generally increased since 2002, but the number of cycle journeys in 2018 remained similar to those made in 2017. Latest government statistics can be seen here - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/821842/walking-and-cycling-statistics-2018-accessible.pdf