Department for Transport awards £974,000 to Gloucestershire County Council for cycle improvements

By Chris Marshall-Bell

Cyclists in Gloucestershire are set to witness an improvement in cycling infrastructure with close to £1million being invested in cycling-related projects.

The Department for Transport has awarded £974,000 to Gloucestershire County Council to be spent over the current and the next financial year.

£602,000 is to be spent on infrastructure improvements, including the building and renovating of cycle lanes and improvements to route signage. This contrasts to the mere £43,000 the council spent on cycling infrastructure in 2012/13.

£195,000 is being invested in cycle training over the course of the present 12 months, while in 2014/15 that figure is £177,000.

Councillor Vernon Smith told the Gloucestershire Echo why bidding for the funding was necessary: “We’re hopeful that it will encourage people to leave the car at home and walk to the bus stop or get out their push bike.

“Cycling around our county and taking in the beautiful views is not only enjoyable, but it’s a great form of exercise and we’re confident that the improvements we’re making will make it an even better experience.”

  • captainPerfect

    We’ll see. if anything improves.
    A couple of years ago I was in a club near Blackpool and Blackpool Council took on a cycling supremo with a new big budget. New cycle routes, new dedicated cycle lanes etc etc. After 2 or 3 years, no change at all and as far as I know the job has gone. The funding no doubt used up somewhere else, the overspend on the trams, the lights or maybe Mayoral Ball expenses.

    I’m now in Gloucestershire, so I’ll see if it all goes the same way. The local councils are good at starting things up but generally useless at the day to day work of keeping it going. We’ll see if anything improves, filling in the thousands of potholes would be a start.