Council leaders in Birmingham have welcomed news of a £17 million government grant to improve cycle route across the city.
Environment chief Councillor James McKay said:
I am delighted we will be able to deliver much-needed improvements to Birmingham's cycle network through this grant.
Thanks to British success at the Olympics and Tour de France, interest in cycling has never been so strong. We fully recognise there is untapped potential for cycling to become an integral part of our transport network - for both commuting and leisure purposes - and want to exploit it.
It is a real coup to win this funding in the face of opposition from other cities who also put forward very strong proposals.
We have seen a significant growth in the number of cyclists in London over the last few years. But cycling shouldn't be confined to the capital.
Today's announcement shows we are absolutely committed to boosting cycling in cities and the countryside across the whole of England. I want to help open up cycling to more people and these measures to make cycling safer on our roads are an important part of that.
England's national parks contribute billions of pounds to the economy through activities within their boundaries, according to a report.
The 10 parks, including the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, generate between £4.1 billion and £6.3 billion for the economy, equivalent to the UK aerospace industry, the report published by National Parks England said.