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Cycling playing key role in Commonwealth Games legacy

todayJuly 30, 2021

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Plans to get more people in the West Midlands cycling as part of the legacy of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been given a £2 million boost from the Department for Transport.

The aim of Cycling for Everyone is to work with communities across the region’s most disadvantaged areas to encourage and enable more people to get on a bike to improve both their health and the environment and provide access to employment and education.

As well as being a healthy and enjoyable way to get about, cycling is an affordable mode of transport for accessing employment, education and training and contributes to the region’s net-zero carbon targets and the Health of the Region Challenges.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to secure more cash from the Government to help promote cycling across the West Midlands.

“We know that cycling is great for people’s physical health and of course for reducing air pollution as we tackle the climate emergency, that’s why we are already putting unprecedented investment into cycling and walking – from the Starley network of safe cycle routes to the West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme we launched earlier this year.”

Cycling for Everyone will address barriers to cycling such as not knowing how to cycle, low confidence, access to pedal cycles and knowing others who cycle.

Activity could include:

  • Cycle training.
  • Led rides.
  • Community hubs or clubs.
  • Free or subsidised pedal cycles.
  • Travel support for businesses.
  • Schools and communities.
  • Encouraging people-powered health.

 

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and local authority partners are currently investing £40 million on active travel – cycling and walking – taking spending to more than £10 per head for the first time last year.

This involves the development of safe cycle routes, the growing West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme, and many smaller-scale community projects.

Councillor Ian Ward, the WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, added: “Cycling for Everyone is one example of how we can do that by getting people involved who may not otherwise be able to cycle – either due to the cost or because they have no one around to support and guide them.”

 

Written by: David Watkins

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