Brighton & Hove City Council has submitted a bid to become a ‘cycling demonstration town’. The city was invited to apply for the status by specialist group Cycling England along with 30 other local authorities.
If successful the council would receive an annual grant of £500,000 over the next three years to increase its activities in making cycling a popular, safe and healthy way to get around Brighton & Hove.
A shortlist will be announced this month by the Department for Transport and the winner in October.
Councillor Craig Turton, deputy chair of Brighton & Hove’s environment committee, said, “The fact that we have been invited to bid is a recognition of the work we are doing to encourage cycling in the city.”
There has been a 47.3% increase in cycle journeys into Brighton & Hove city centre since the year 2000.
Brighton & Hove recently won the accolade of ‘Transport Authority of the Year’ for its excellence in partnership working and transport management. Awarded by the Centre for Transport, it is the first time the title has gone to Brighton & Hove.
City cycling initiatives include a network of cycle lanes and paths, a cycling map of the city, more cycle stands and practical support for cycle training and maintenance sessions. However, there is much scope for improvement and many useful ways to spend £500,000 a year.
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