Government commits £200m to new walking and cycling schemes

Government funding worth £200m for new cycling and walking schemes has been announced to encourage healthier lifestyles.

Active Travel England, a new executive agency led by Chris Boardman, will oversee the fund, with £161m going towards 134 projects for new footpaths, cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings.

It’s hoped these schemes, taking place in 46 local authorities outside London, will not only ensure better air quality but also promote better physical and mental health.

Additionally, 19 authorities – including Nottingham, Hull and Manchester – will receive a share of £1.5m for ‘mini-Holland’ studies to assess how the areas could be pedestrianised.

2 women riding on bicycle during daytime

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said: ‘This multimillion-pound investment will ensure people right across the country can access cheap, healthy and zero-emission travel.

‘Active Travel England will be working hard to create a new golden age of walking and cycling, enabling everyone to reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle, creating streets where children can play and making nicer places to live.’

The government has also agreed to give £35m to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of the National Cycle Network.

44 off-road sections will be upgraded along the UK-wide network of paths for walking, cycling and wheeling to make them durable for the future.

A programme encouraging the uptake of e-bikes through short and long-term loans will receive £8m too. 

A pilot scheme, led by Cycling UK in Greater Manchester, should make it easier for those with long or hilly journeys to cycle more.

The government believes the funding will allow people to have more access to employment opportunities and will promote eco-friendly travel.

Active Travel Commissioner Chris Boardman said: ‘This is all about enabling people to leave their cars at home and enjoy local journeys on foot or by bike. Active Travel England is going to make sure high-quality spaces for cycling, wheeling and walking are delivered across all parts of England, creating better streets, a happier school run and healthier, more pleasant journeys to work and the shops.’

Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival, offering free events to help people start or return to cycling, is set to get £2m under the scheme.

Support will also be given to disabled people with money going to charity Wheels for Wellbeing and the Department for Transport to ensure inclusive cycle routes.

Earlier government schemes to improve cycling and walking routes have seen a 50% rise in cycling between 2020 and 2021.

Photo by Jordan Brierley


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