Nearly £500k is being made available by the DfT through a new competition for ‘innovative’ projects that lead to increased levels of walking and cycling.
Launched today (19 April), the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition aims to reward projects that ‘remove current barriers to walking and cycling’ and ‘encourage people to make more journey stages by bicycle or on foot’.
The competition is part of the government’s vision for cycling and walking to become the natural choice for shorter journeys.
While the competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations, SBRI says it is particularly suitable for early-stage, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Submissions are invited for initiatives which focus on technology, infrastructure, manufacturing or behavioural change.
The competition is split into two phases. Up to £170,000 is allocated for phase one (proof of concept), and up to £300,000 for phase two (demonstrator projects).
The deadline for registration is midday on 7 June, with a briefing event for potential applicants to be held on 24 April. Click here for more information.