“The extra funding made available to support cycling in Bristol is a welcome boost as we are about to embark on the role of Britain’s first European Green Capital and we’re pleased the Government is making this commitment to prompt a real step towards changing attitudes of how we travel. We await further details on how the money will be allocated and how it could benefit Bristol.
“We are conscious that it is our children who will benefit from the improvements and changes we are making to cycling right now and therefore we should be engaging and empowering them to make the transition to more active and sustainable travel. We will provide further details shortly on the process of selecting our “Cycling Champion” schools and how we will support them.”
The decision follows recent research comissioned by British Cycling which found that if the UK became a cycling nation it could save the NHS £17 billion within 20 years, reduce road deaths by 30%, increase mobility of the nation’s poorest families by 25% and increase retail sales by a quarter.