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Council leaders welcome £17m cycling grant

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.

Cycling scheme wins £17m government grant

A £17 million cash boost has been agreed to help fund an array of cycling projects across Birmingham.

The Birmingham Cycle Revolution fought off competition from a number of other cities to be awarded the government grant.

It aims to create 115km of new cycle routes in the city, along with improvements to 95km of routes which already exist, by 2016.

The money, awarded from the Department for Transport's Cycle City Ambition Grant scheme, will also be used to improve cycle parking and bike hubs.

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'Cycling shouldn't be confined to the capital'

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.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Peak District helps boost economy

A general view of the Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. Credit: PA

England's national parks contribute billions of pounds to the economy through activities within their boundaries, according to a report.

Monsal Head Viaduct is situated on the popular Monsal Trail within the Peak District. Credit: PA

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.

Campaign launched to get West Midlanders into the Peaks

A new billboard campaign to attract tourists to visit the Peak District's iconic landmarks has been launched in Birmingham.

Sixty giant billboard will be showcasing the National Park as part of the 'Go Peaks' campaign.

Only 3.5 per cent of people visiting the Peak District come from the West Midlands.

Neil Turner from Visit Peak District, says the National Park has a lot to offer.

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