Walking and Cycling

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Sir Ken Knight (Commissioner LFEPA)


Can you explain why walking, cycling and the development of individual travel plans are of relatively little interest to you as a transport planner? Has serious cost/benefit analysis been carried out at senior levels in Transport for London to determine whether such measures could deliver traffic reduction, especially in outer London, at much lower cost than expensive infrastructure projects? .


Answer for Walking and Cycling

Answer for Walking and Cycling

Answered By: 
Sir Ken Knight (Commissioner LFEPA)

Comprehensive work has been undertaken by TfL looking at the value of walking, cycling, travel plans and other related measures such as individualised marketing, safer routes to school and car sharing. This work examines the benefits of these programmes in achieving a shift away from the car use to walking, cycling and public transport and what this means for traffic flows during the peak hours. The work is based on available evidence from schemes within London and other parts of the UK, with input from external parties who are working for the Department of Transport on a similar analysis at a National level.It is unfair to suggest that these subjects are of little interest to TfL when considerable resources are devoted to their introduction. Within the 2004/05 Business Plan, over £19million is dedicated solely to walking, cycling and travel plans and this does not include the benefits that will accrue from related programmes of work such as area based schemes (£14.2million) and safer routes to school (£6.5million).What our analysis has clearly shown is that promoting walking, cycling, travel plans and other related measures cannot work in isolation. The benefits that can arise from these initiatives must be `locked-in" through accompanying measures to deter induced traffic, such as parking controls and congestion charging. Furthermore, such measures can only work effectively if there is appropriate infrastructure in place to support the promotion of walking, cycling and public transport usage. .