According to figures given by Centro at last week's Transport Planning Society debate, the combined benefits of all the local sustainable transport fund projects across the West Midlands will be an increase of 2 million bicycle trips per year. As a headline figure, anything with millions in it always looks good, but let's break this down:
The West Midlands "County" covered by Centro has a population of 2.7 million, so the net gain from this investment will be less than one trip per person per year.
To break it down by modal share, if the average person in the West Midlands makes 3 trips per day overall, then there are just under 3 billion trips per year across the Centro network, so these new schemes will add less than 0.1% modal share gain in the bicycle's favour.
We still have a VERY long way to go!