And how much more is spent locally?
Of course we don't do that sort of Government waste over here, do we?
The wheels of the Ilfracombe Healthy Town Project are now firmly in motion after the £10,701 grant from NHS Devon.
The money will be spent on holding several events and activities in the Ilfracombe area for people in North Devon, which place an emphasis on cycling and walking.
The North Devon Community Sports and Physical Activity Network was awarded £98,000 to buy a fleet of 180 bikes in June 2009
Bristol City Council: Walking Initiatives Grant
Information on how to apply...
And so on.
But it can all be justified because Dr Adrian Davis has written a paper : Economic Assessent of Walking and Cycling 090310.doc
Once we all cycle we are all going to live for ever and not need the NHS, so the best thing the NHS can do is spend its money on push bikes.
In among all his costs and savings nowhere does he seem to factor in the extra fatalities of cycling (about 3 times per many per mile as car travel), the injuries all cyclist get from falling of on a monotonous regularity, the environmental costs of all those sweaty grime encrusted pedalists cleaning up and the buying of even more lycra.
It is nonsense to pretend that there is an economic justification for mulcting the taxpayer to promote hobbies.