Transport minister Jesse Norman has today announced a funding pot of £6.5m for the existing "cycling cities". (Oi, what about us, ask Leicester.)

The eight "cycle city ambition cities" can enter existing or new cycling projects into bids from an "additional" funding pot of £6.5m. A further £500,000 has been granted to Cycling UK for the staging of the Big Bike Revival. 

It will be up to the relevant local authorities to decide which of their schemes are most relevant to this round of funding. A statement from the Department for Transport said it would be "looking to support schemes which improve safety for cyclists, and which also deliver benefits for pedestrians."

The eight "cycling cities" are Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Birmingham, Norwich, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford.

Other cities are not so happy. "Yet another DfT cheque for only a few chosen cities?" tweeted Leicester City Council's cycle team. 

Transport minister Jesse Norman said:

"Everyone should be able to take advantage of the huge health and environmental benefits of cycling." 

He added: "While Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, we want to encourage more people to take up cycling. This funding, as part of our overall cycling and walking strategy, will help local councils to make their roads safer for everyone."

While welcoming "cycle ambition funds #3", some local authority cycle officers have questioned how cities will be able to prepare bids against a very tight deadline.

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