The Cycling, Safety and Integration Fund is addressing barriers presented by our network and providing a more accessible, inclusive and integrated network that gives people the freedom to choose their mode of transport. We want journeys across and alongside our network to be safe, direct, connected comfortable and attractive.
How are we achieving this?
- We are improving cycling facilities on or near our network and reducing the impact of our network as a barrier to cycling
- We are focusing on user and worker safety on our network by preventing accidents and reducing the severity of those that do occur
- We are integrating our network with modes of transport other than cars, improving accessibility for a variety of users, particularly vulnerable users
The fund is split into three sub-funds:
By providing more attractive, safe, accessible and integrated cycling facilities, we will encourage higher levels of cycling participation. An uptake in cycling as a mode of transport offers a wide range of benefits including;
- A healthier lifestyle
- A more enjoyable journey
- More convenient and cost-effective journeys
- Reducing pressure on our network by removing some local car journeys. This in turn will:
- Reduce casualties on the network
- Reduce environmental and public health impacts, predominately carbon emissions
- Support the development of a more free-flowing network
- Fewer delays and better journey reliability
- Improve public health
To achieve these benefits, we ensure that cycling upgrades reflect customers’ needs by being well designed; offering smooth and direct journeys. By the end of Road Period 1 in 2020, we will have invested £78m across 150 schemes. This programme provides facilities that enable cyclists to negotiate key sections of motorway and A-roads, and offers safe routes that encourage cycling as an alternative and sustainable form of transport.
All users of our roads are important to us and we believe no-one should be harmed when travelling or working on our roads. We want to prevent incidents and reduce the severity of those that do occur, by investing in safer roads and vehicles as well as safer drivers and road workers.
The Road Safety sub-fund contributes to our target of 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by the end of 2020. By 2040 we want to get this number as close to zero as possible.
We have developed a “safe systems approach” and strategy, focused on:
- safer vehicles
- safer roads
- safer people
How are we achieving this
- Focusing on single carriageway routes with higher accident rates or generally a 2 star rating
- Identifying and prioritising underperforming network locations which are identified as having poor route safety performance; accident clusters; and locations where safety ratings are below target
- Considering suicide prevention interventions and schemes regardless of location
We are also developing a wider package of measures including; appointing road safety coordinators, working on driver behaviour and road worker safety.
Schemes under the Integration sub-fund are aimed at helping to expand people’s travel choices and make everyday journeys as easy as possible. We want to create a more accessible and safer network which is easier to navigate, with increased provision and improvements to access for a variety of users.
The sub-fund is focused on supporting our road users’ journeys, pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians, and vulnerable users – while delivering long-term benefits for communities and users alike.
We are addressing the barriers our roads can sometimes create by considering a number of factors:
- underperforming network locations which reflect gaps in current provision and do not meet the needs of vulnerable users;
- integration with sustainable forms of transport, i.e. public transport, park & rides, and wider local transport networks;
- Potential partnerships with local authorities, public transport providers and other key stakeholders
To be considered for funding, a proposal is reviewed and assessed against the following key criteria:
- Proposals need to be feasible i.e. technically achievable within known constraints
- Demonstrate that they cannot be accommodated within the current programme of improvements, or maintenance and renewals programme
- Need to be related to Designated Fund initiatives as identified in specific fund proposals and targeted based on priority need i.e. applied to underperforming network locations which either reflect poor safety performance or locations where opportunities can enhance accessibility, integration and cycling facilities
- Clearly demonstrate value for money using robust appraisal methodologies
- Need to be outcome focused and measurable
- Maximise opportunities for joint funding or partnership
- Inter-relationships with key roads investment programmes, fence to fence maintenance activities and wider supporting initiatives
Where a scheme combines elements of more than one of the sub-funds, they can apply for funding from the appropriate sub-funds.