Brighton is one of six towns in England to share in nearly £17 million to promote cycling. The Department of Transport has awarded each town a total of £2.8 million Government funding over three years and this investment will be matched by the local authority.
The number of cyclists in Brighton and Hove has increased by 47% since 2000. But this is still a very small proportion of the population. Over the next three years the city will be expected to lead the way in encouraging more local people to use pedal power.
The funds will be used to make the environment more cyclist friendly, offering safety training and promotion to encourage take up.
The council has set an example as an employer by publishing a comprehensive Staff Travel Plan, providing secure cycle parking at its key buildings, offering mileage allowances for work related bicycle journeys, cyclists showers and interest free loans for staff to buy bikes.
City cycling initiatives already 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.
The other towns to benefit from the award are Darlington, Derby, Exeter, Lancaster and Aylesbury. They were chosen following recommendations from Cycling England - an independent expert body set up by the Department for Transport last March.
For further information on staff travel planning contact Eleanor Mooney at the Business Forum via firstname.lastname@example.org
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