Funding boost for Cycle Ambition Cities

The Department for Transport has announced that over £7 million government funding will help support Cycle Ambition Cities to make cycling the natural choice of transport and improve cycling safety.

In February, the government gave Cycle Ambition Cities the chance to bid for a share of £6.5 million of government funding to trial new schemes aimed at improving road safety and creating more bike-friendly areas and has now identified seven winning bids. It will now contribute over £7 million to these cities this year as part of the Department for Transport’s Cycle safety review.

The six Cycle Ambition Cities with successful bids are: Birmingham (£1,300,000), Bristol (£479,495), Cambridge (£550,000), Manchester (£1,542,000), Norwich (£685,000 and £1,040,000) and West Yorks Combined Authority (£1,470,000).

Cycling Minister Jesse Norman said: “I want us to become a nation of cyclists, and to make cycling a natural choice for people of all ages and backgrounds. While Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, we want to encourage still more people to take up cycling. We are determined to make cycling safer and easier across the country. This funding, as part of our overall cycling and walking strategy, will help local councils to make their roads safer for everyone.”

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