Cycle to school scheme

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2662
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In light of LB Croydon's decision to shelve the £300k Croydon Safe Cycle Routes to School scheme for financial reasons, do you agree that TfL should examine the existing proposals with a view to potentially providing the funding that is currently lacking?

Answer

Answer for Cycle to school scheme

Answer for Cycle to school scheme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is not aware of the £300,000 scheme referred to in this question. However, TfL has spoken with LB Croydon and believes this question is referring to the Cycle to School Partnership (CTSP) bid submitted by LB Croydon to TfL in 2014. If this is not the case, please provide further information and I will ask TfL to investigate.

A CTSP scheme bid was originally submitted to TfL by LB Croydon in 2014. Croydon's CTSP bid requested £555,000 and focused on five schools in Upper Norwood.

The bid was assessed at the time of submission. However, in late 2014, the Cycling Commissioner made the decision to redirect the funding towards the Quietway and Safer Junctions programmes. Boroughs were informed of this decision by a letter from the Cycling Commissioner dated 13 October 2014.

TfL continues to work with LB Croydon to deliver key cycling infrastructure schemes. The letter referred to above set out TfL's intention to work with the borough to develop their Quietway routes, funded from the TfL cycling budget. These routes include a Pilot Quietway (Q5) between Waterloo and Croydon, which is currently out for consultation.

In addition to the funding of the cycle route improvements in Croydon, TfL also continues to fund a number of activities in the borough to encourage children to cycle more often, and more safely. These include STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe), TfL's signature school programme, which encourages safe and active travel to school. STARS schools are also eligible for TfL's Cycle Grants for Schools programme, which funds activity in schools to encourage more children to cycle. In addition, TfL funds a cycling officer to work with selected schools in the borough, via the 'Bike It' scheme, and also funds the installation of cycle parking facilities into schools in the borough. Finally, TfL funds the 'Bikeability' child cycle training programme which saw 1,700 children from the borough complete a training course in 2014/15.