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Launch of strategy now postponed - but will they deliver in the end?

The Department for Transport’s Cycling & Walking Strategy has been delayed, thanks to the terror attack on Westminster this week.
The launch event was due to be on Friday, but has been postponed into next month, according to Bike Biz.

The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) includes the ambition of doubling the number of people using bikes by 2025.

But campaigners say the plans will fall short unless funding is increased, and sustained.

We reported how the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy became law on 31 July last year, which places a duty on the Transport Secretary to set out a long-term vision to increase walking and cycling, a statement of funds allocated to achieve those aims, and a detailed investment plan identifying objectives, with the legal requirement to report to Parliament on the progress made in terms of targets.

The Strategy must be reviewed at least every five years.

The CTC's Sam Jones said: "What we would like to see is that the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy has teeth, with proper funding of at least £10 per head. There is real concern when all you see is cuts, cuts, cuts."

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.