David Cameron's announcement of a £94m cash injection and nationwide drive to promote cycling has been warmly endorsed by bike enthusiasts and road safety groups.
The Department for Transport and local authorities are investing in cycle route improvement in Birmingham as well as the Peak District.
The measures that are being taken to benefit cyclists includes:
- Making it easier to implement 20mph speed limits, and introducing more of them.
- Making it easier to implement 40mph speed limits in rural areas, and introducing more of them.
- Introducing 'Trixi' mirrors at junctions so cyclists can be seen more clearly.
- Using contraflow to let cyclists use one-way streets and avoid the busiest roads.
- Placing mini-signals at cyclists' eye height, to give targeted information and possible 'head starts' at junctions.
- Making it easier and cheaper for councils to introduce mandatory cycle lanes.
Cycling in the Peak District is to receive a £7.5million boost, as part of a national scheme to get more people cycling in traffic-free areas.
The Department for Transport and local authorities are funding the development, which will see four new routes across the national park, giving people from Derby, Nottingham and Stoke-on-Trent better access to the Peak District.
This scheme is one of eight across the country that is to receive funding to help cyclists.
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:
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.
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.
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.