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Great News for improvements to be made to our cycling networks in England!

Posted on Friday, 16 August 2013 08:37AM by

Wonderful news!! Not only have the Peak District got this injection of cash, but overall £94 Million worth of funding to go into cycling in England!!

It really is a sign of how seriously the government take our transport networks and the health of its residents - Well Done!


There is a great article with the details of the funding here from the BBC 12 August 2013 Last updated at 12:52

Cycling gets £94m push in England

Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich will share £77m, with four national parks getting a further £17m.A number of English cities and national parks are to share a £94m cash injection to promote cycling.

The money is to improve existing and fund new cycle routes. The government says it also wants to cut red tape to facilitate cyclist-friendly planning.

Labour said roads had become less safe for cyclists under this government.

'Riding high'

Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to start "a cycling revolution".


"Following our success in the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Tour de France, British cycling is riding high - now we want to see cycling soar," he said.

"This government wants to make it easier and safer for people who already cycle as well as encouraging far more people to take it up and business, local government, developers, road users and the transport sector all have a role to play in helping to achieve this."

Funding for cycle schemes

Manchester alone will get £20m to build or improve some 30 miles of cycle paths and create new 20mph speed limit zones around the city.


The national parks to benefit are the New Forest, Peak District, South Downs and Dartmoor.

Major improvements to 93 miles of cycle routes on Dartmoor are anticipated.

The government has also announced a feasibility study to look at creating a new national cycleway broadly following the route of the HS2 rail line from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

Ministers hope to emulate nationwide the popularity of cycling in London - where the number of cyclists has doubled over the past 10 years, according to one estimate.

"But pedal outside the city and the picture's very different," said BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott.

"Far more people prefer to drive, walk or catch the bus - in fact government statistics show that in 2012, just 2% of journeys in Britain were by bike."

'Continental-style Cycletopia'

Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, welcomed the initiative.

He said: "This is fantastic news for those living in the successful cities.

"Getting about by bike for everyday journeys could become a reality for people of all ages and abilities in those areas.

"We welcome the recognition that for the cycling revolution to become a way of life for us all, this level of investment must be maintained and extended to all parts of the UK, including rural areas."

It was sentiment shared by Prof David Cox, chairman of cycling charity CTC, who said Mr Cameron had shown "leadership".


Winning cycle scheme bids

Area

DfT Funding

Local contribution

Details


Greater Manchester

£20m

£11.1m

Funding will kick start Velocity 2025, which will, over time, create a city-wide cycle network branching out like spokes of a wheel. The funding will create 56 km of new or improved cycle paths

West Yorkshire

£18.1m

£11.2m

Cycle infrastructure improvements. New segregated Super Highway from east Leeds to Bradford City Centre with new connections in Leeds City Centre. Leeds Liverpool Canal Tow Path will be upgraded

Birmingham

£17m

£7.3m

Key features include 71 miles of new cycle routes, improvements to 59 miles of existing cycle routes, segregated cycle facilities, lower speed limits, off-road routes using canals and green spaces

West of England

£7.8m

£3.3m

New pedestrian and cycle promenade running east to west across the city following route of River Avon and terminating at Bristol Temple Meads station. Five new or improved river crossings for cyclists. The bid includes the Cribbs Causeway to Emerson’s Green trunk cycle route in the North Fringe of Bristol; and, the Seven Dials National Cycle Scheme in Bath City Centre.

Newcastle

£5.7m

£6m

Network of 7 major cycle routes across the city making the best use of existing infrastructure

Cambridge

£4.1m

£4.1m

New, segregated cycle paths along some of Cambridge’s most used cycle routes as well as improved cycling facilities to some of the major employment sites

Norwich

£3.7m

£1.8m

At heart of Norwich's proposals is an eight mile cross-city route

Oxford

£0.8m

£0.6m

Aims to make busy The Plain roundabout safer and more attractive for both cyclists and pedestrians. The scheme will reduce the width of the circulatory carriageway and improve the roundabout’s design

Peak District

£5m

£2.25m

Four new cycle routes

Dartmoor

£4.4m

£3m

Major improvements to 93 miles of cycle ways, with a further 86 miles benefitting from smaller upgrades such as improved signage. The focus of the scheme is new family-friendly routes to and through the park.

South Downs

£3.8m

£1.3m

The scheme will focus on improving access to the National Park from major rail stations. There will also be 34 miles of new routes.

New Forest

£3.6m

£2.2m

New network of cycle docking stations, supported by a new family cycling centre adjacent to Brockenhurst station

This means that the entire infrastructure of the cycling network needs to be well thought out, something we know about really well. Both security and ability to take in the sites, tourism and shopping when out biking. Cycling Shelters and Bike Security is key.



 

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