£20m cash boost for cycling
Norman Baker, transport minister, has announced an extra £20 million for cycle infrastructure in a move to help people take to two wheels.
The DfT says the funding can be used for projects such as better cycle facilities at railway stations, improved cycle links, or projects to improve the layout of road junctions to make them more cycle-friendly.
Norman Baker announced the cash boost yesterday (28 Nov) at a conference in Leicester which looked at how health and transport officials can work together to deliver better options for cycling and walking in their local areas.
Norman Baker said: “Cycling is great for your health, the economy, and for the environment so we are determined to make it easier for people to cycle whether for leisure, getting to the shops or as part of their commute to work.
“Following the success of the Olympics, there is a huge appetite for more cycling provision from the travelling public and we need to capitalise on this enthusiasm at local and national level. That is why we are investing £20 million in cycling infrastructure.”
The £20 million announced yesterday is in addition to £30 million made available for similar projects earlier this year, which drew in an additional £15 million in matched funding from local sources. The projects to be funded will be announced later in the year.
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