FOI request detail

Funding of Sustrans and London Cycling Campaign from 2019 to current

Request ID: FOI-0095-2324
Date published: 18 May 2023

You asked

Please provide total funding figures for monies given to Asthma + Lung UK , Sustrans & London Cycling Campaign (LCC) by the Mayor of London, GLA and TfL for the years 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23.

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0095-2324
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 6 April 2023 asking for information about funding of Sustrans and London Cycling Campaign.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold some of the information you require. You asked: Please provide total funding figures for monies given to Asthma + Lung UK, Sustrans & London Cycling Campaign (LCC) by the Mayor of London, GLA and tfL for the years 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23.
What information we hold
  • Below are two tables showing the funding provided to Sustrans and London Cycling Campaign (LCC) for the years 2019/20-2022/23 as requested.
    • Table 1 is funding that can be shown by financial year and we have outlined below what this spend covers
    • Table 2 shows our spend for Walking and Cycling Grants as this programme doesn’t fully align to financial years.
    • Both sets of data are separate i.e. there is no overlap between the tables
  • TfL have not provided any funding to Asthma + Lung UK.
  • We do not hold information regarding Mayor of London/GLA funding so you may wish to send your request to them directly for this information.
  • Sustrans spend covers the following initiatives:
    • Sustrans were contracted to deliver TfL’s Healthy Streets Officer (HSO) programme from 2019-2022.
      • The Healthy Streets Officers were a group of 18-20 Active Travel specialists who supported the Boroughs to deliver on their Active Travel objectives. They were employed by Sustrans but worked within Borough teams.
      • Their role was to support the boroughs’ delivery of STARS - a TfL schools accreditation scheme focused on sustainable, active responsible and safe travel. Sustrans also supported delivery of infrastructure programmes, business engagement and cycle training.
      • TfL contracted Sustrans to recruit and manage the team and lead on the management of the project. 
      • This project represents the majority of the spend outlined below.
  • They also separately delivered Summer of Cycles which is a children’s cycling event which represented a small amount of spend.
  • Sustrans also received Walking and Cycling Grant funding from TfL to deliver four local walking/cycling projects between 2019-2023. 
    • Walking and Cycling Grants London (WCGL) is a grant programme funded by Transport for London in partnership with The London Marathon Foundation. We fund grants of up to three years to community groups and organisations, to deliver projects and programmes that remove the barriers to walking and cycling and enable all communities to enjoy the benefits of active travel.
    • In 2021/22, 78% of participants of WCGL said they are cycling more and 85% said they are walking more.
    • This programme runs with grants awarded from November to September so does not fit into the financial year structure.
  • Sustrans spend covers the following initiatives:
  • LCC delivered ‘Dr Bike’ where experienced mechanics check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more.
  • LCC also received Walking and Cycling Grants funding to deliver one cycling project from 2020-2023.
A breakdown of funding by supplier is as follows:
Table 1 - Healthy Streets Officers, Summer of Cycles and Dr Bike
Sustrans £1,373,236£1,134,035£1,220,245£317,387£4,044,903 
LCC £1,395   £1,395 
Table 2 - Walking and Cycling Grants    
 Nov 18 to Sept 19Nov 19 to Sept 20Nov 20 to Sept 21Nov 21 to Sept 22Nov 22 to Sept 23Total
LCC £4,390£790 £2,000£7,180

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Yours sincerely
Sara Thomas
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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