Cities show cycle ambition

 

Plans for a cycle superhighway linking Bradford with Leeds and Continental-style segregated bike lanes across Manchester featured in bids made to the Government’s cycle city ambition fund.

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The deadline for bids was Tuesday 30 April and the £30m fund – designed to make it easier and safer for people to cycle in urban areas – was open to all authorities that achieved ‘city deal’ status

Just three cities will benefit from a share of the money and bids were made by all eligible authorities with the exception of Sheffield, which registered an interest. A spokesman for Sheffield City Council said it was now in discussions with neighbouring authorities, including Doncaster and Barnsley, about submitting a joint bid.

The Leeds City Region’s bid for £10m proposes to build a 23km cycle route linking two key regeneration areas in Bradford and Leeds. This would be supported by the introduction of ‘extensive 20mph zones’ and improvements for pedestrians.

Cllr James Lewis, the chairman of West Yorkshire’s integrated transport authority, described the big as a huge opportunity to transform levels of cycling.

Meanwhile, across the Pennines another bid for £10m by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) received the backing of Olympic gold medal winner Chris Boardman.

TfGM proposes setting an ambitious target for 10% of all journeys to be made by bike by 2025. The bid features the rollout out of segregated bike lanes, 20mph zones and a programme of education, training and promotion to create a ‘true culture of cycling’ in the city.

A Department for Transport spokesman told Transport Network: ‘The bids will be assessed and an announcement will be made shortly.’

Other applications include bids made by Nottingham City Council (£6m), Cambridgeshire CC (£4m) and Newcastle City Council (£5.6m).

Cllr Joyce McCarty, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council, said: ‘Newcastle is a city that fundamentally wants to change how its people travel. Within ten years, Newcastle will have made significant progress towards achieving European levels of cycling, be a safer, more attractive place to move through and live in, and be healthier, more prosperous and sustainable.’

 
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