Government cycle funding: how will it be spent?

Of David Cameron’s £94 million funding announcement this week for cycling, £77 million will go to eight English cities, between now and May 2015.

Much of that will be matched with local authority contributions, bringing the total available to £148 million. So, what will they spend it on?

City: Greater Manchester

Funding from Government: £20m

Total funding: £31.1m

Manchester has the country’s highest premature death rates, including heart and lung disease and stroke. Greater Manchester’s ambitious vision, Velocity 2025, is to provide estimated public health savings of £7 million per year by doubling cycling journeys within five years, and again by 2025, with 56km of new or improved paths. That includes:

 – Radial cycle routes from the city centre to the M60 including a largely segregated route from Wilmslow Road to East Didsbury, and expanded cycle routes to Salford University and Media City
 – 20mph speed limits around these routes
 – Commuter “Cycle and ride” schemes with bike parking near Metrolink stations

Leeds (West Yorkshire)
Funding from Government: £18.1m

Total funding: £29.3m

With a local contribution of £11.2m, West Yorkshire hopes to increase cycle commuting and link residents with employment, while providing a lasting legacy for next year’s Tour de France Grand Depart. Specific projects include:

 – A new segregated superhighway, aka “highway to health” linking Leeds to Bradford, including new links in Leeds city centre
 – Secure cycle facilities and 20mph zones
 – Upgrades to the 14 mile Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath


Funding from Government: £17m 

Total funding: £24.3m

A local top-up here will help deliver Birmingham’s Cycle Revolution, a 20 year cycling plan for 5% of all journeys to be made by bike in ten years, and 10% within 20 years. Funds will go towards:

 – Radial corridors extending 20 minutes from the city centre
 – 71 miles of new cycle routes, and 59 miles of improved routes
 – Secure cycle parking

Bristol (West of England)
Funding from Government: £7.8m
Total funding: £11.1m

Britain’s first cycling city, Bristol is home to a burgeoning cycling community and economy. The West of England’s pot of cash will go towards achieving an ambitious 76% increase in cycling by 2016 across the region. Routes will include:

 – A new pedestrian and cycle route along the Avon will link a new enterprise zone to Bristol Temple Meads station
 – Five new or improved river crossings for bikes
 – A green trunk cycle route in the North Fringe of Bristol
 – Seven Dials project: five contra-flow cycle routes linking the Bath City Enterprise Area


Funding from Government: £5.7m

Total funding: £11.7m

Taking a holistic approach to urban improvement, Newcastle is linking people to employment and urban regeneration with cycle infrastructure, with public health funding adding to the £11.66m total. This includes

 – Seven major cycle routes across the city, including from Walker to the city centre, with 1.5m cycle lanes
 – A cycle- and pedestrian- friendly city centre with through access for cyclists via “closed” roads
 – An Active Travel Centre providing cycle maintenance, parking and information


Funding from Government: £4.1m

Total funding: £8.2m

The UK’s cycling capital, where almost half of all adults cycle once a week, is now aiming for 40% of all journeys by bike. The council, with help from developers, will match-fund the money, creating £8.2m for cycling, including:

 – The city’s first Dutch-inspired on-road segregated cycle tracks on Hills Road between Cherry Hinton and Long Road, and Huntingdon Road, both 2.1m wide.
 – Links to Cambridge Science Park and Addenbrook’s Hospital as well as Buckingway Business Park and the Babraham Institute
 – £300,000 for the busy A10. The A10 Corridor Cycle Campaign point out this will only fund 1km of 2.5m wide segregated path, in this case Foxton Bottom to Shepreth Frog End junction.

Funding from Government: £3.7 million
Total funding: £5.5m

The city aims to double cycling in the next 10 years, adding a healthy £1.8m of local money to this end. Just over £5.5m gets:

 – Upgraded infrastructure, including an eight mile route through the city centre linking the Norwich Research Park to Heartsease.


Funding from Government: £0.8 million
Total funding: £1.4m

Oxford, another of the UK’s cycle-friendly cities where 28% of adults cycle once a week, will add £130,000 to Department for Transport funding to improve one of the city’s main barriers to cycling.

 – The Plain roundabout, a dangerous five-arm roundabout, will have improved cycle lanes, narrower traffic lanes, slower speeds and more crossings to encourage walking and cycling.

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