Saturday, June 21, 2008

Bristol named UK's first 'cycling city'

It's now been confirmed - and announced - that twelve English towns and cities will receive £100m under a government scheme intended to increase the number of people cycling. The Guardian reports that:

The transport secretary, Ruth Kelly, said she hoped the initiative would "pioneer new ways of encouraging people to get on their bikes". Bristol has been named as the UK's first "cycling city" after pledging to double the number of people biking on its streets over three years.

The city will receive £11.4m, rising to £23m after three years, to create the UK's first on-street bike rental network, modelled on the successful Paris scheme.

Officials will encourage the provision of showers and lockers for people cycling to work, and also aim to double the number of children receiving cycling training.

Eleven other English towns and cities - York, Stoke, Blackpool, Cambridge, Chester, Colchester, Leighton Buzzard, Southend, Shrewsbury, Southport and Woking – have been named as demonstration areas for the scheme.

They will be added to the current six demonstration areas - Aylesbury, Brighton, Darlington, Derby, Exeter and Lancaster.

Read article here - 'Bristol named UK's first 'cycling city''

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