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£5m/Eur 7,3 m Initiative To Improve Cycling Facilities In UK

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£5m/Eur 7,3 m Initiative To Improve Cycling Facilities In UK LONDON, UK (Sep 29) – As reported in the UK Daily Telegraph on Monday 26th September 2005, five towns in the UK are to be given £1 million pounds per year to spend on the improvement of cycling facilities to encourage the nation to consider […]

£5m/Eur 7,3 m Initiative To Improve Cycling Facilities In UK

LONDON, UK (Sep 29) – As reported in the UK Daily Telegraph on Monday 26th September 2005, five towns in the UK are to be given £1 million pounds per year to spend on the improvement of cycling facilities to encourage the nation to consider the bicycle as an accessible and feasible form of transport.

Over three years, each of the five towns will be given £500,000/Eur 732,000 from Cycling England and £500,000 from their relevant local authorities, giving each town a total of £3 m/ Eur 4,3 m to spend on improving and promoting cycling in the UK.

Cycling England was set up in March to help co-ordinate and encourage cycle use within the UK, and is supported by several government departments. The five towns are being interviewed now and final selections made on October 5th. Short- listed towns include Brighton, Aylesbury, Derby and Hackney.

Phillip Darnton, ex- chairman of Raleigh UK and now the Chairman of Cycling England, has headed this project and hopes that the project will encourage the rest of Britain’s towns and Cities to follow suit. It reports that currently, only 1.5% of all journeys in the UK are made by bicycle.

The money is to be spent on several cycling initiatives that include maps, encouragement of schoolchildren to cycle to and from school and qualified instructors teaching cycle safety.

With petrol prices spiralling and increasing obesity high in people’s minds, the project will launch with much interest. It has long been a goal by the British bicycle industry to encourage their citizens to consider the cycle as a realistic alternative form of transport and not just a weekend pastime.

In today’s multi car culture, changes need to be made to promote a safer cycling environment in the UK. It seems that Cycling England have at least some of the answers. (MR)

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