Money for new cycle network

Newcastle is to receive £5.5m to create a network of cycle routes across the city, to encourage people to travel by bike.

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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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David Cameron: 'We want to see cycling soar'

David Cameron has said he wants to see a "cycling revolution" to build on the success of the Olympics, Paralympics and the Tour de France.

Announcing a £94m pot to promote cycling in cities and national parks, he said: "British cycling is riding high - now we want to see cycling soar.

David Cameron watches cycling during London 2012 with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Credit: Christian Charisius/Press Association

"This Government wants to make it easier and safer for people who already cycle as well as encouraging far more people to take it up and business, local government, developers, road users and the transport sector all have a role to play in helping to achieve this", he added.

Cash injection to boost cycling in Newcastle

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A network of cycle routes will be created in Newcastle Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Newcastle is receiving £5.6 million to encourage cycling. It will be spent on creating a network of seven cycle routes across the city.

Newcastle is one of eight cities across the country to be chosen for a share of £77 million from the Government.

The aim is to make it safer and easier to travel by bike. One example would be the 'cycle-proofing' of new road junctions so they can be easily negotiated.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said '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."

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