City region boosts for cycling and walking
The Sheffield City Region has made a successful bid to get £7.5million, the largest amount in England, under the Government’s £64million bid to boost cycling and walking announced this week.
It will be distributed by the Region to the four South Yorkshire local authorities.
Martin McKervey, a Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board member and representative on Transport for the North said:
“This is very good news. The region is committed to ensuring we have the best possible quality of life for residents and businesses, and making cycling and walking more attractive are key to this.
“It’s also very important in helping people trying to get back into work where the cost of travel is a problem.
“Our successful bid is yet more evidence of the highly focused drive we put behind initiatives to achieve growth and help create jobs, and ensure that we continue to get things done on behalf of the city region.”
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, added: “This is fantastic news for the Sheffield City Region. The funding is a major boost towards our ambitions in Sheffield and will support more than 20 cycle projects in 2017/18 and the following two years, that cover a wide range of initiatives, helping more people to get on and stay on their bikes. These include cycle training, access to bike hire and maintenance, secure cycle parking facilities and a strong cycling community of support.
“We will also build on our popular calendar of “mass-participation” cycling events, which have already inspired thousands to take up cycling, such as Allez Allez Sheffield, the Magnificent Seven and Sheffield Grand Prix.”
- Underpinning the Government’s announcement, on Monday the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority approved an £11.8million plan to provide new or improved dedicated walking and cycling routes in and between town centres, making it easier to use roads, and improving public transport. The benefits are expected to include safer and more pleasant journeys, a reduction in accidents and absenteeism, and a drop in emissions.