Cyclists in eight cities across England will benefit from a £7m Government investment in projects designed to create more cycle-friendly areas.
The funding, announced by transport minister Jesse Norman on 17 February, forms part of the DfT’s Cycle Safety Review – launched in September 2017 to ‘ensure that our roads are as safe as possible for all who use them’.
The ‘Cycle City Ambition’ cities are: Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Birmingham, Norwich, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford – all of which have received previous Government support to help them ‘lead the way in promoting cycling’.
The cities will now be given the chance to bid for an additional £6.5m to trial new schemes which improve safety.
The remaining £500k will be used to support Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival project which is helping to get more people cycling safely and confidently across the country.
Jesse Norman said: “Everyone should be able to take advantage of the huge health and environmental benefits of cycling.
“While Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, we want to encourage more people to take up cycling.
“This funding, as part of our overall cycling and walking strategy, will help local councils to make their roads safer for everyone.”