MINISTER ANNOUNCES FURTHER FUNDING TO PROMOTE CYCLING IN SCOTLAND
It will be used to promote cycling, develop the first Cycle Friendly Campus and encourage more children to take up on-road cycle training through Bikeability Scotland.
The joint Transport Scotland and Cross-portfolio funding is the largest amount ever to be allocated to the grant-funded body.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“I am pleased to allocate further funding to Cycling Scotland to further promote cycling in Scotland over the next two years. This is in addition to the £20m we announced last September towards cycling infrastructure. And I welcome the contributions from the Climate Change and Education portfolios as part of this package. Reducing carbon emissions and teaching our young people to cycle safely are two areas where we need to focus effort on.
“This cross-portfolio funding is the largest amount ever to be allocated to Cycling Scotland and will help to deliver our commitment to the shared vision as reiterated in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland 2013, that by 2020 10% of all journeys will be by bike.
"The Scottish Government is committed to investing in cycling infrastructure, training and road safety projects through organisations such as Cycling Scotland and Sustrans to make Scotland a more active, healthy and low carbon nation and increase the numbers of people choosing to cycle each day. I hope to see this in action this Saturday when I will be attending the 3rd Pedal on Parliament event in Edinburgh.”
Ian Aitken, Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland said:
“This funding allocation represents clear support for getting more young people on their bikes more often, supporting the delivery of the shared vision of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland. Bikeability Scotland helps give young people the skills and confidence they need to make journeys by bike to their school and around their communities. By gaining these skills, children are able to experience the enjoyment and feeling of freedom that cycling brings. With the addition of the Cycle Friendly Campus programme, young people will see a supportive environment for cycling continue beyond primary and secondary school all the way through their time at college and university. These education and training programmes are particularly effective when combined with the other improvements occurring across Scotland, such as investment in improved cycle networks through Sustrans’ Community Links as well as local authorities’ and regional transport partnerships’ investment in improving cycling. All of these programmes combine to help set up a foundation for a culture of cycling, from childhood all the way through to adulthood.
"Cycling Scotland has consistently highlighted the cross-cutting benefits of increased cycling. From healthier, more physically active Scots to cleaner air and less traffic congestion, more people cycling means that the wider population and environment improves. It is great to see this allocation of funding from several different portfolios within the Scottish Government, and this also emphasises that there is a recognition that increased cycling helps deliver on strategic aims across the education, environment and transport sectors.”
The Transport Scotland funding will be spread over two years:
£1,881,295 in 2014-15 and £2,076,295 payable in 2015-16
In addition to the funding above, Cycling Scotland will also receive £10,000 in 2013-14 and £50,000 in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 from Learning Directorate as part of the Ministerial cross portfolio work lead by Mr Brown. This is an additional £110,000 over three years and will be focused on the Bikeability Cycle Training and the Cycle Friendly Schools programme.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse has also confirmed the allocation of £500k to Cycling Scotland. The money will be used as part of funding towards increasing bikeability trainers through developing summer cycling training camps for S5 and S6 pupils, supporting Cycle Friendly Campus pilot, Give Me Cycle Space campaign and additional bikes rides in Linlithgow, Edinburgh and Glasgow and as part of the Pedal for Scotland family.
Since 2007 investment in cycling and walking has increased by 47%.
Over £58 million has been invested in active travel since the 2011 Spending Review. In September 2013 an extra £20m was announced over the next two years for cycling infrastructure. This additional funding includes the £3.6m allocated to City of Edinburgh Council to improve Leith Walk for active travel.
The Scottish Government is meeting the Manifesto pledge to increase the proportion of the Transport Budget spend on low carbon, active and sustainable travel. In 2013/14, 1.1% of the total transport budget will be spent on active travel. This rises to 1.7% in 14/15.