Cycling England

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Cycling England
MottoMore people cycling, more safely, more often
Formation10 March 2005
Dissolved1 April 2011
Legal statusNon-departmental public body funded by the DfT
PurposeCycling in England
Region served
Main organ
Board (Chairman – Phillip Darnton)
Parent organization
Department for Transport
AffiliationsCycling Training Standards Board, British Cycling, CTC, RoSPA, Road Safety GB, Sustrans
£60m (2010/11)
WebsiteCycling England
RemarksCycling 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]


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]


Cycling Cities, Cycling Towns[edit]

Cycling England helped establish a number of cycling demonstration towns. Between 2005 and 2008 six towns across England received 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 provided 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 was launched in March 2007 and supported three levels of cycle training for children:[8]

  • Level One : teaching basic skills and bicycle handling
  • Level Two : giving children the skills they need to cycle safely to school on quiet roads
  • Level Three : covering more complicated traffic environments

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

National Cycle Journey Planner[edit]

Cycling England worked 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]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cycling England Archived 6 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine on Department of Transport Website. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Cycling". Department for Transport. Retrieved 23 September 2010. The Department set up Cycling England in March 2005 to coordinate increases in cycling across the country.
  3. ^ "Establishment". Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 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" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  5. ^ "PUBLIC BODIES REFORM – PROPOSALS FOR CHANGE" (PDF). 14 October 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 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. Archived from the original on 27 September 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 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. Archived from the original on 19 May 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Bikeability". cycling England. Archived from the original on 3 December 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Journey Planner". Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Our Board". Department for Transport. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2010.

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