Councils urged to seize the initiative over pop-up cycle lanes

Councils urged to initiate pop-up cycle lanes.

The Government’s plans to boost walking and cycling after the coronavirus lockdown are lifted had been widely reported by the media. A spend £250m on pop-up cycle lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions and cycle and bus-only corridors to get Britain moving again. This government announcement is very positive news.

Grant Shapps said that this £250m was just the first stage of a £2 billion investment plan, drawing from the £5bn funding announced in February for cycling and buses. He did promise an updated Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy for England, to be launched by the Boris Johnson in the summer.

Other measures promised include a cycling and walking commissioner. Moves to get GPs to prescribe cycling and exercise,  vouchers for cycle repairs to encourage people to resurrect their old bikes from the garden shed, and more people will be encouraged to take up the Cycle to Work scheme.

The Government has longer-term plans to double cycling trips by the year 2025 and to make it a standard choice for daily journeys as part of a healthy, low-carbon future.

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