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Cycling projects benefit from government handout of £2.18m

The winners of the Department for Transport's Cycling Projects Fund were announced yesterday. The 550 applications were whittled down to 138. The great majority are school, local authority or national body schemes (CTC gets three big grants, for instance) but commercial operations benefit too: Jim McGurn's Company of Cyclists got a whopping £50 000! IBDs and suppliers could have dipped their toes into this lucrative pot, as advised by bikebiz.co.uk in March, but none did...
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Announcing the cash awards, transport minister John Spellar said:

"We have quite simply been overwhelmed by the response. The Fund attracted over 550 bids and the quality of these projects was so good that I have decided to provide more than double my original intention.

"Projects came from all over England and from organisations in both the private and public sectors. Many involved innovative partnerships. The whole scheme clearly captured the imagination of organisations working to increase cycling and in turn reduce car use.

"The success of this scheme should demonstrate to local authorities just how much unmet demand there currently is at local level for improved cycling facilities. We have been particularly impressed by the extent to which scheme promoters have taken on the responsibility of developing and managing their own projects. I now expect local authorities to rise to the challenge that has been set. Much more funding has been made available for small schemes through the Local Transport Plan process. I expect to see this deliver a marked improvement in conditions for cyclists across the country.

The government announced the awards scheme in March and initially put forward a pot of £1m.

The first ten winning projects were announced in June.

he winning schemes are diverse. There are over 30 projects to provide better cycle parking and access to schools. Park and ride schemes at the University of York and the University of Gloucestershire are included and valuable cycle routes such as the North Wilts Rivers route and the Eskdale Trail in Cumbria win funds. There are also a number of workplace cycling projects such as those at Manchester Airport and Camden Council.

Cycle training projects run by British Cycling and the Royal School for the Blind are also included, as are several projects to recycle unused bikes and improve maintenance skills for cyclists. There are also a number of schemes to improve cycle parking at bus interchanges and train stations, on Great North Eastern Railways and West Anglia Great Northern routes in particular. CTC North East, CTC East Midlands and CTC London have won a total of ore than £36,000 to introduce more people to cycling and publish advice

for people interested in travelling to work by bike.

More than £20,000 goes to CTC London to introduce cycling to thousands f people through the CTC's Go Biking project that was so rolled out at the OS Outdoors Show at the NEC in March.

And both CTC North East and CTC East Midlands have won £9,500 and £7,000 espectively to produce local route, public transport and best practice ike to work information.

Details on the 138 award winners can be downloaded as a PDF from:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/.../projects.pdf

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