Thanking the UK cycle industry for its fund-raising efforts John Grimshaw, director of Sustrans, says in the newsletter:
The cycle industry, the Bicycle Association and the Association of Cycle Traders have set an example for all corporate/voluntary partnerships by raising £1.2m in just 5 years. This very significant contribution has been of vital importance to unlocking the Millennium Commission grant.
Of course, its a drop in the ocean when seen against £211m, the actual funding requirements for what Jon Snow, the bicycling newsreader says is a project on a scale unseen anywhere else in the world. Never before has so much dedicated cycle mileage been brought on stream in so short a space of time....and in Britain of all places!
Snow wrote this in the forward for the newsletter-cum-map. He added:
Once you have read this Supporters Review I hope you will turn it over and display the map in some public place to encourage still more people to travel the Network.
Some public place really ought to include every bike shop in Britain. Have you got yours? Youve got to be a supporter. Youre not one? Then join the 40 000 other supporters including BikeBiz who donate cash to Sustrans on a monthly standing order basis.
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Lets hope the cycle levy is continued. Unfortunately, there has been talk of letting it lapse. However, a new levy scheme will be proposed at next weeks members meeting at Bicycle Association HQ (along with proposals for a new statistics gathering service, plus news on the Bicycle Foundation and the recent National Cycling Forum).