TfL set to put the brakes on cycle funding


Transport for London's (TfL) spending on cycling will fall by scores of millions to reach £31m by 2021/22, according to figures obtained by the Green Party’s Darren Johnson.

The fall – from £155m in 2016/17 – reflects the tailing off of TfL’s ten year £913m Vision for Cycling programme, which was announced by London mayor Boris Johnson in 2013.


Answering a question from Green Party London AM Mr Johnson, the mayor said: ‘TfL is currently in the process of setting the budget for cycling in 2016/17 and beyond.

The figures below set out the historic annual expenditure, the current year forecast and the draft budget for 2016/17 and business plan allocations for the remainder of the £912m ten year Cycling Vision programme.

Darren Johnson said: ‘These extreme cuts to the cycling budget are set to kick in just as cycling is set to rocket in London. The next mayor should be investing consistently year-on-year to bring London’s cycling infrastructure up to continental standards, not letting funding fall off a cliff edge and leaving cyclists to face danger.

‘The London Assembly agreed unanimously that cycling’s share of funding should match the proportion of London trips taken by bike and that would mean at least £200m of TfL’s budget at today’s level of cycling, not a pathetic £31m. I urge the next mayor to spend more to make cycling safer and more appealing in London and to intervene to reverse these planned cuts.’

Cycling funding

2012/13 to 2015/16 £302m

2016/17 £155m

2017/18 £166m

2018/19 £124m

2019/20 £66m

2020/21 £68m

2021/22 £31m

Total £912m

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