Councillor James McKay says Birmingham will not turn into Amsterdam overnight after being awarded £17million to make the city cycle-friendly.
Over the next two years officials want to triple the number of people cycling in the city, create or upgrade 130 miles of cycle routes plus introduce and launch schemes like London's Boris bikes.
Birmingham is one of eight cities to benefit from the Government money. Officials say they want to make safer and more accessible.
The Peak District in Derbyshire is to get nearly eight million pounds of funding as it attempts to make the area as cycle-friendly as Amsterdam.
The Department for Transport and local authorities are funding the development, which includes four new routes across the national park, giving people from Derby and Nottingham better access to the Peak District. Its one of eight national schemes to receive funding to help cyclists.
Councillor Andy Botham from Derbyshire County Council gave us his reaction.
This is fantastic news for Derbyshire.
Boosting our local economy is at the top of our agenda so anything we can do to improve tourism and open up our county’s beautiful countryside to attract new visitors is most welcome.
We will consult fully with local people on each of the routes and we will need to gain planning permission before any work can start.
Four new trails have been named as part of the £7.5million project to make cycling safer and more accessible in the Peak District.
- White Peak Loop – 11 miles
- Little Don Link – 12 miles
- Staffordshire Moorlands Link – 14 miles
- Little John Route and Hope Valley Link – 3 miles
The ‘Pedal Peak’ scheme is in order to get an estimated 3.5million people within reach of the cycle network in the national park.
Local governments have invested £2.5million, whilst the Department for Transport has pledged £5million to the project.
Following our success in the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Tour de France, British cycling is riding high - now we want to see cycling soar. Our athletes have shown they are among the best in the world and we want to build on that, taking our cycling success beyond the arena and onto the roads, starting a cycling revolution which will remove the barriers for a new generation of cyclists.
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.
This anouncement is very welcome news and something we have been calling for. If we want to take cycling seriously and have a cycling revolution we have to invest in infrastructure and look to places like the Netherlands.
Some 18% of AA members cycle regularly and that number could easily double with better infrastructure and attitudes. Not only do we need better infrastructure but also early training for youngsters and more awareness among all road users.
We have taken the lead role in campaigning for cycle-proofing as a means of sustaining the substantial gains we have made in getting more people on bikes.
So it is very encouraging that Mr Cameron has shown leadership by recognising that better provision for people who want to travel by bike is fundamental to modern transport policy.
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:
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.