Cameron’s coalition gives £94m boost to cycling infrastructure
Posted - August 13, 2013
In a speech delivered on 12th August, the PM said he wanted to start "a cycling revolution".
A number of English cities and national parks stand to gain from a £94m cash injection to promote cycling.
"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."
The new money will fund projects in 8 English cities, as well as help to develop routes in 4 national parks.
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 is reported to have doubled over the past 10 years.
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."
As well as recognising the impact that this new investment has to play in creating safe and accessible cycle routes across England, the PM references the role of business and local authorities in encouraging a behavioural shift on to bikes. Still only 2% of journeys in the UK are made by pedal cycle, which means we are still lagging well behind those living on the continent. Initiatives such as the cycle to work scheme provide the tools and incentives for employers and employees to build active, sustainable transport in to the daily routine of millions of workers across the UK.