Transport for London's funding of 2008 Bike Week

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Reference: 
2008/2493
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In previous years, Croydon Council has received substantial funding from TfL for Bike Week, used to fund local activities to promote cycling in the Borough. In 2006 the Council received £10,000, in 2007 it received £2,000 and in 2008 it received nothing. Based on this evidence and at a time when cycling is featuring increasingly in London's political agenda, the impression given is that TfL are penny-pinching and out of touch when it comes to promoting cycling effectively at a local level.

Could you therefore please advise me as to why Croydon Council received no funding from TfL for this year's Bike Week? Furthermore are you able to reassure me that TfL will reinstate funding in 2009?

Answer

Answer for Transport for London's funding of 2008 Bike Week

Answer for Transport for London's funding of 2008 Bike Week

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Croydon Council applied for funding from TfL for a single 'Travel Awareness Promotions' scheme in 2008. This scheme covered a number of activities including promotion of Bike Week. TfL allocated funding of £25,000 for this scheme to Croydon. TfL also provided event management support to Boroughs taking part in Bike Week 2008. Croydon Council has again applied for funding next year for Bike Week and a number of other activities under a single Travel Awareness scheme. An announcement of the 2009/10 Borough funding allocations will be made next week and I anticipate that TfL will again support this scheme.