£94m cycling funding boost

A £94m cash injection and a nationwide drive to promote cycling in cities and national parks, has been announced by the Prime Minister.

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Four new trails proposed in Peak District cycling project

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.

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'Super Cycle Highway' launched

The Leeds Liverpool Canal will benefit from the £30m investment. Credit: ITV

Leeds city council have unveiled their £30 million pound 'superhighway' - a dedicated cycle lane to take riders safely through Leeds and Bradford, along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal (above).

Launching the scheme, Councillor James Lewis promised that the dedicated segregated pathway would mean cyclists could stay away from cars to allow for safer journeys, and also encourage commuters to leave their cars and cycle to work.

Currently around 2% of the population of Leeds and Bradford cycle to work, which officials hope will rise significantly.

The 'Super Cycle Highway' aims to capitalise on Tour De France fever and encourage a new generation of yellow jersey riders.

David Cameron urges Britons to get on their bikes

David Cameron has ridden intermittently around Westminster during his years in politics. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Britons to get on their bikes after his Government pledged £94m more investment in national cycling schemes.

"The £94 million will make a real difference," he said. "A lot of people want to cycle and we want to make it easier for them to do so."

Mr Cameron added: "Only 2% of journeys in this country are made by cycle. In Germany it's 14% and in Holland it's 33%. So we could do a lot better."

PM tours bike workshop to mark cycling funding boost

Prime Minister David Cameron has dropped into a bike workshop in Watford with Olympians Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton after announcing a multi-million pound investment in cycling schemes across the country.

The Prime Minister was taken through the gears by staff at the Watford Cycle Hub at the Hertfordshire town's Holywell Community Centre.
Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton watched on as Mr Cameron asked about maintenance of children's bikes.
The Prime Minister then had his questions answered about the materials used for the top of the range adult bikes.

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Peak District to receive cash boost for cycle routes

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 Tour of Britain rides through the Peak District Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

'Boris bike' workers begin two-day strike in London

The strike action from transport workers on the so-called Boris bike scheme finishes tomorrow night. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

While David Cameron has been applauded for increased funding of national cycling, his party colleague, the London Mayor Boris Johnson, has been accused of "exploiting" his bike scheme workers in the capital.

'Boris Bike' employees have begun a 48-hour strike in a protest over pay and conditions.

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Cycling funding applauded by bike safety campaigners

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.

– AA president Edmund King

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.

– British Cycling president Brian Cookson
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