We’re first to put wheels in mo­tion on cy­cling cam­paign

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

CHESHIRE East Coun­cil has be­come the first lo­cal au­thor­ity to for­mally pass a mo­tion sup­port­ing an in­ter­na­tional cy­cling cam­paign.

The plan is part of the coun­cil’s trans­port strat­egy frame­work and will con­cen­trate on im­prov­ing cy­cle routes and pro­vide more cy­cle pro­fi­ciency train­ing for chil­dren.

The scheme – which the coun­cil hopes will dou­ble the num­ber of peo­ple cy­cling in the bor­ough over the next 10 years – will be funded by the Cheshire and War­ring­ton LEP, £500,000 Lo­cal Growth Fund match fund­ing from Cheshire East Coun­cil, and £612,445 se­cured from the De­part­ment of Trans­port to fund Bike­abil­ity.

Coun­cil­lor David Brown, deputy leader of the coun­cil, said: “This is fan­tas­tic news. In adopt­ing this strat­egy there is a real op­por­tu­nity to cap­i­talise on in­creased pub­lic aware­ness and in­ter­est in cy­cling fol­low­ing Cheshire East’s hugely suc­cess­ful host­ing of stage three of the Tour of Bri­tain last Septem­ber.

“The coun­cil’s cy­cling strat­egy demon­strates how we in­tend to de­liver a high-qual­ity cy­cle net­work so that peo­ple of all abil­i­ties will be able to travel safely around the bor­ough by bike – and help put cy­cling on the map in Cheshire East.”

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