Cycling Networks To Receive £200m Boost

Investment In Cycle Routes Aims To Improve Road Safety


A new fund that will make more than £200m available for investment in Britain's cycling network is to be announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

As part of the Liberal Democrats' aspiration to double the number of journeys made by bicycle by 2020, the fund will set aside £114m for the development of cycle routes in Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Oxford.

Another £100m will go towards improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians and improving safety on some of the UK's busiest roads.

The programme will also include a scheme by Halfords to restore bicycles and helmets for use by children in disadvantaged areas.

"The inspiration and legacy of the 2012 Olympics and the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire this year has started a revolution in cycling for everyone, not just in velodromes, not necessarily in lycra, but for going to school or to work or to the shops," said Mr Clegg.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a cycling accident, you may be able to claim compensation. See our Road Traffic Accident Claims page for more information.

Expert Opinion
Cycling is perhaps more popular than ever before in the UK, yet concerns have been raised in the past that more could be done to ensure that people choosing to travel in such a manner are protected from potential risks.

"This funding is likely to be an important step towards improving infrastructure and ensuring more cycle-friendly measures are introduced on numerous roads. Safety must always be the priority in relation to this issue and it is vital that work continues to reduce the risks that all road users and pedestrians face."
Colin Ettinger, Partner