Updated: Saturday, 18th November 2017 @ 8:06am

Manchester eligible for £30million funding pot to transform cycling, as government commit to improving safety

Manchester eligible for £30million funding pot to transform cycling, as government commit to improving safety

By Dean Wilkins

A £30million funding pot to transform cycling routes is available for Manchester to bid for, as the government rolled out their plans to improve transport facilities.

A £62million investment to bolster safety schemes and improve cycle hubs was unveiled as part of a £107million project today, while just under half of it is available for urban areas with ‘city status’ to apply for.

Rural areas in National Parks will received a £12million slice, while £15million will be used to improve cycle-rail links and a further £5million will benefit cycling safety.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “We are serious about cycling, as this latest wave of funding shows.

"We have already seen how schemes can quickly deliver economic and environmental benefits, as well as improving public health.”

Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Bristol, Liverpool, and Nottingham are all eligible to apply, and must fight it out for the three available places.

And Mr Baker announced the government’s intentions of securing cycling funding for the entire country, and continue to roll out improved routes in future.

"Anyone who rides a bike will know it is important to keep the impetus going and this record level of funding will provide a shot in the arm to cycling in England,” he added.

"Our ambition is to get people cycling more safely and more often and today's announcements will help us to make that vision a reality."

The government have looked elsewhere in the continent for inspiration about how to enourage more cycling.

The new plans will cost each taxpayer around £1, while in Hollan they spend around £25 per person on improving cycling facilities.

More than 40% of Amsterdam residents now cycle to work.

Picture courtesy of Liberal Democrats, with thanks.

 

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