Cycling England

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Cycling England
Motto More people cycling, more safely, more often
Formation 10 March 2005
Extinction 1 April 2011
Legal status
Non-departmental public body funded by the DfT
Purpose Cycling in England
Location Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1P 4XX.
Region served
England
Membership Cyclists
Main organ
Board (Chairman - Phillip Darnton)
Parent organization
Department for Transport
Affiliations Cycling Training Standards Board, British Cycling, CTC, RoSPA, Road Safety GB, Sustrans
Budget £60m (2010/11)
Website Cycling England
Remarks Cycling England ceased to exist as a public body on 1 April 2011.

Cycling England was an independent body funded by the Department for Transport to promote cycling in England. It was founded in 2005 to replace the National Cycling Strategy Board. Following the 2010 Comprehensive Spending review it was earmarked for abolition, to be replaced by Local Sustainability Travel Funds and new ways of supporting cycling. Cycling England ceased to exist as a public body on 1 April 2011.[1]

History[edit]

It was established in 2005, with the minister responsible being Charlotte Atkins.[2][3] Funding was initially £5m a year, leading to £10m in 2006, £20m in 2008, and £60m in 2009 and 2010.[4]

An announcement in October 2010 confirmed that the body would be abolished as part of the government's comprehensive spending review. Cycling England ceased to exist as a public body on 1 April 2011.[1]

The government has created a Local Sustainability Travel Fund and will develop other ways of supporting cycling.[5] Local Sustainability Travel Funds which were announced in late September 2010 by Norman Baker will support local transport initiatives that reduce carbon emissions using from a centrally managed fund.[6]

Projects[edit]

Cycling Cities, Cycling Towns[edit]

Cycling England has helped establish a number of Cycling demonstration towns. Between 2005 to 2008 six towns across England receive European levels of funding to significantly increase their cycling levels Aylesbury, Brighton and Hove, Darlington, Derby, Exeter and 'Lancaster with Morecambe' collectively received over £7m from Cycling England across three years, plus local match-funding, to deliver a range of measures designed to get more people cycling. In January 2008, the Government provide a further £140m over three years for the program which was awarded to Bristol, Blackpool, Cambridge, Colchester, Chester, Leighton-Linslade, Shrewsbury, Southend, Southport, Stoke-on-Trent, Woking and York in June 2008 .[7]

Bikeability[edit]

Main article: Bikeability

Bikeability was launched in March 2007 and supports three levels of cycle training for children:[8]

  • Level One teaches basic skills and bicycle handling
  • Level Two gives children the skills they need to cycle safely to school on quiet roads
  • Level Three covers more complicated traffic environments

The scheme has been adopted by half the local authorities in England and is works closely with 'Bike to School Week'. By 2012 it is estimated that 500,000 children will have taken part in Bikeability training.[8]

National Cycle Journey Planner[edit]

Main article: Transport Direct

Cycling England works for Transport Direct to provide a national urban Cycle Journey Planner through the Transport Direct Portal. Work is largely complete with a number of pilot areas.[9]

Management[edit]

Cycling England is managed by a board consisting of:[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cycling England on Department of Transport Website. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Cycling". Department for Transport. Retrieved 2010-09-23. "The Department set up Cycling England in March 2005 to coordinate increases in cycling across the country." 
  3. ^ "Establishment". "A new national body to plan and co-ordinate the development of cycling across the country and a new National Standard for Cycle Training was announced today by the Minister for Local Transport, Charlotte Atkins. The new national body, Cycling England, will have a budget of at least £5m a year for the next three years to allocate to cycling programmes. Cycling England will change the way that the Government manages and delivers cycling policy to get better value from cycling investment" 
  4. ^ Mid term review
  5. ^ "PUBLIC BODIES REFORM – PROPOSALS FOR CHANGE". 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2010-09-25. "No longer an NDPB - Abolish body. We have announced a Local Sustainable Travel Fund and will explore ways of marshalling expert input on cycling issues, including to support the Fund" 
  6. ^ "Norman Baker details plans for Local Sustainable Travel Fund". PublicSectorTravel. Retrieved 2010-10-14. "Local Transport Minister Norman Baker is launching a Local Sustainable Travel Fund to support measures to encourage economic growth and reduce carbon emissions. The Fund will be financed from within the Department’s overall budget allocation following the Spending Review." 
  7. ^ "Cycling City, Cycling Towns". Cycling England. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  8. ^ a b "Bikeability". cycling England. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Journey Planner". Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  10. ^ "Our Board". Department for Transport. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 

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