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Nearly £400,000 is to be spent on trying to make cycling in Bristol safer. The numbers of people using two wheels in the city has doubled in the last decade, but injuries have risen, too.
Mayor George Ferguson arrived in office pledging to tackle Bristol's transport problems and has revealed to ITV News a controversial congestion charge may be one solution.
The Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced £40 million to improve safety for cyclists on roads across England. He says,
"Cycling is healthy and reduces congestion so it is welcome news that more and more people are taking to two wheels.
"Ensuring this funding is targeted where improvements will make a real difference to cyclists is just one way we are ensuring this trend continues".
In South Gloucestershire, £275,000 improvements will be made to the A38 Gloucester Road. £100,000 of that will come from the Government while South Gloucestershire council will make up the rest.
In Bath, £322,100 will be spent on the Two Tunnels path, Northern Link. £252,100 from Government funds and £70,000 from Bath & North East Somerset Council.
In Bristol, £260,000 will be used to make Baldwin Street safer (half from the Government and half from the council). £500,000 will be used for a cycle path by the Gloucester Road (the funding again split between the Government and Bristol City Council)