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Abigail Turner

West of England Metro Mayor secures £3.6m for walking and cycling in the region

Funding has been secured to boost walking and cycling across the West of England.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris announced that he has secured £3.6m of new funding from the government in a bid to encourage local people to travel by bike for shorter journeys.

The funding will be used to make it easier and more secure to park your bike with new and upgraded facilities across the Old City, as well as a range of improvements for pedestrians, plus an additional 80 cycle hangars right across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire, Mr Norris confirmed.

Meanwhile the cash will also be invested to improve cycle lanes, with plans to deliver new and improved cycle routes and tracks on Deanery Road and the Malago Greenway, as well as walking and cycling improvements linking Redcross Street to Braggs Lane, in the offing.

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And Warmley and Longwell Green residents could see a host of improvements to provide a much-improved cycling route and access between the two areas, the Mayor added.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “If we are going to cut the jams and reduce pollution, one tool in our arsenal has to be more cycling and walking. To be the natural choice, getting on a bike has to be a safe, pleasant and convenient experience. Cycling shouldn’t be the preserve of the lyrca-clad super fit, but for as many people as possible.

“That means segregated cycle lanes, so people feel safe, and somewhere secure to lock up your bike - plus much, much more. Winning this cash is testament to the confidence in the plan we have here in the West of England to make walking and cycling the natural choice for shorter everyday journeys. This is another step along that path as we take the action necessary to try to reach our really ambitious West of England net-zero target.”

This money builds on the £10m-plus previously secured by Mayor Norris from ministers for walking, cycling and wheeling schemes in the West of England region.

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