Disappointment among cycling community at Cycling England chop

photo Bikeability training for 300,000 children per year was a key Cycling England success story

There has been widespread disappointment at the decision to axe Cycling England, the body largely responsible for boosting cycle use in the UK.

The organisation, which has an administrative budget of less than £200,000 per year, is being abolished as a result of the October round of Government spending cuts.

Cycling England mostly allocated Department for Transport money to local councils, with each council providing match-funding for projects proven to increase cycling.

Its 2009-10 budget was £60 million, spent across 11 cycling towns and one city.

Results from projects from the first six cycling towns showed an average of 27% increase in cycling, and a return on investment of at least £3 for every £1 spent.

LCC's Mike Cavenett said, "It's hard to understand the abolition of an organisation with extremely efficient outcomes, which was accountable via local democracy."

Transport ministers claim that some of Cycling England's functions will be taken over other bodies, but no details of these have been released.