Radical funding needed to bring about Boris Johnson’s ‘golden age of cycling,’ say campaigners

The Prime Minster suggested cycling could be moved up the priority list post-lockdown

Cycle lane near Bank, London (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have suggested that the UK could see a “golden age of cycling,” but cycling campaigners have warned that radical funding is needed to make it a reality.

As the UK looks ahead to easing the coronavirus lockdown in the coming weeks and months, cycling could become a priority for the government to avoid added congestion on the roads as people turn to work.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.