Government to spend over £2 million on bicycle projects

The Department for Transport had originally intended to spend only £1 million on new cycling projects across England when it invited organisations to bid for a share in March. However, a huge response from high quality schemes has resulted in the funding being more than doubled.

“We have quite simply been overwhelmed by the response,” said Transport Minister John Spellar. “The Fund attracted over 550 bids and the quality of these projects was so good that I have decided to provide more than double my original intention.”

The approved schemes include over 30 projects designed to provide better cycle parking and access to schools. Park and ride schemes at the University of York and the University of Gloucestershire are also included and cycle routes such as the North Wilts Rivers route and the Eskdale Trail in Cumbria have won funds.

“The success of this scheme should demonstrate to local authorities just how much un-met demand there currently is a local level for improved cycling facilities,” Spellar added. He states that he expects to now see a marked improvement in conditions for cyclists across the country.

The October issue of IEM (Industrial and Environmental Management) magazine contains a sustainable transport feature, which includes the case of shoe manufacturer James Taylor & Son’s company bicycle policy. The firm has found that not only is the use of bicycles more sustainable than cars for health and the environment, but they are also faster through London traffic.

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