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£53m investment to encourage cycling in Scotland

People in Scotland are being encouraged to take up cycling in the new year.

Transport Minister Keith Brown has urged Scots to embrace pedal power in 2013.

The Scottish Government has earmarked £53 million to improve cycle paths in Scotland and make cycling more accessible.

"It has been a fantastic year for cycling in Scotland and the Olympic successes, such as Sir Chris Hoy winning gold in London, led to a huge surge in interest in cycling both for recreation and as a way of getting around.

"I am looking forward to getting on my bike more and to doing all I can in my role as Transport Minister to make this an attractive and viable option for more people throughout Scotland.

"I want to see 2013 remembered as the year that Scotland really embraced pedal power and I would urge everyone to join me in getting out on their bike."

– Keith Brown, Transport Minister for Scotland

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Cumbrian man cycles to France for son's hospital

Bradley's dad in training for France Credit: ITV News Border

A Cumbrian man is cycling to France to raise money for the hospital and staff that delivered his son and saved his life.

Bradley Warren was born early with serious complications while his parents were on holiday in France.

He is now a year old and fit and healthy.

Baby Bradley Warren Credit: ITV News Border

Full report: Tour brings economic boost to region

The Tour of Britain cycle race has given our region a big economic boost.

The wet and windy weather took its toll in places, but official figures are expected to show that the stages between Peebles and Drumlanrig and from Carlisle to Kendal brought in millions of pounds.

Those in the tourism industry say the impact will be felt for years to come, and there are already talks about the race returning next year.

Samantha Parker reports:

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Riders battle the elements up Chestnut Hill

The Sky team with Bradley Wiggins chasing the leaders out of Keswick Credit: ITV News Border

Nairo Quintana is leading the Tour of Britain up a very wet Chestnut Hill in Keswick.

Nairo Quintana leads the Tour up Chestnut Hill Credit: ITV News Border

As well as the steep hill, cyclists are also battling against torrential downpours and strong winds in the Lake District.

The riders of the peloton look thoroughly miserable in the lashing rain and gusty winds of the Lake District
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