Tour de France - Cycling Budget

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I warmly welcome reports that London may host the Tour de France Grand Départ in the future. However, like many cycling campaigners I was concerned that the cost of hosting the event in 2014 was met from TfL's cycling budget. Given that, for example, the cost of the Olympics was not met from the budget for grassroots sport, and that there is little evidence that the Tour de France directly encouraged people to take up cycling as a mode of transport, will you commit that any funding to bring the event to London in future would not be found from TfL budgets?

Answer

Answer for Tour de France - Cycling Budget

Answer for Tour de France - Cycling Budget

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In the context of the Spending Review, I have made the tough decision, in conjunction with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, that London cannot afford to host the Grand Depart in 2017. My priority is protecting frontline services and investing in long term cycling projects. As a result of this decision TfL's cycling budgets will not be affected.