Team Rishi Responds to Conservative Friends of Cycling

Conservative Friends of cycling have written to the two candidates for the Conservative Party Leadership as to ask for their views on cycling, in particular:

  1. Do you support the Government’s ‘Gear Change’ policy and policy objective that 50% of all journeys in towns and cities should be walked or cycled by 2030.?
  2.  What measures would you support to promote modal shift towards cycling and walking?
  3. What personal experience do you have of cycling?
  4. Will you continue to support Active Travel England?

Team Rishi has responded:

‘Rishi is an avid supporter of cycling and loves cycling around Yorkshire with his daughters. As Chancellor, Rishi announced £710 million of new investment in active travel funding over the next three years, in the last Autumn Budget. This funding will deliver hundreds of miles of high quality, segregated cycle lanes, provide cycle training for every child and deliver an e-bike support programme to make cycling more accessible.

This builds on a £338 million package Rishi announced in July last year, which is already delivering high-quality cycle lanes and aiding the delivery of new schemes to encourage walking. In total, the investment that Rishi provided as Chancellor will allow over 1,000 miles of safe and direct cycling and walking networks to be delivered by 2025.

Rishi has taken investment in cycling and walking to £2 billion over the course of this Parliament and, as Prime Minister, would continue to ensure that the investment is in place to support cycling and cyclists.
If successful in this campaign Rishi will continue to support cycling policy and ensure Active Travel England is able to continue the good work started by the government.’

We look forward to publishing a response from Liz Truss when this is available.