The government are hoping to boost both cycling and walking by investing £2 billion in cycling infrastructure. The initiative was announced on the 9th May 2020 by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps . This will also ease pressure on public transport due to restrictions caused by Coronavirus and promote healthier lifestyles.
The initiative includes pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors. The first stage will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund – the first stage of a £2 billion investment.
The government will fund and work with local authorities across the country to help make it easier for people to use bikes including Greater Manchester, which wants to create 150 miles of protected cycle track, and Transport for London, which plans a “bike Tube” network above Underground lines.
It is planned to issue vouchers for cycle repairs encouraging people to get their old bikes back on the road. Plans are also being developed for greater provision of bike fixing facilities.
Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal of Team INEOS, said:
If ever there was a good time to get on your bike, it’s now. You will be helping take pressure off public transport. You will be looking after your health. You will be looking after the health of others and you will be helping the environment. Let’s all get pedalling and help Britain on the road to recovery.