Cycling England axed in government shake-up

Cycling England has been confirmed as one of the public bodies to be axed in the government’s far-ranging shake-up of Quangos.

A note next to Cycling England’s name in a list of bodies facing abolishment, published by the government on Thursday morning, says:

“Cycling England: No longer an NDPB [Non-Departmental Public Body] – Abolish body. We have announced a Local Sustainable Travel Fund and will explore ways of marshalling expert input on cycling issues, including to support the Fund”

Cycling England was created by the Department for Transport in 2005 to promote the growth of cycling. The body introduced the Bikeability programme, and the bike-friendly Cycling Town and Cycling City awards.

The board of Cycling England was made up of leading figures in the cycling industry and cycling campaign bodies, town planning, pubic health, environment and sustainable transport.

The Local Sustainable Travel Fund was announced by the government in September, with the aim of delivering a “cleaner environment, improved safety and higher levels of physical activity in the community”.

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