Bristol wins the UK's first Cycling City
This is good news although it would have been even better if the demonstration town was in Kent, which is a hard-core car-orientated county.
LONDON (Reuters) - Bristol is to be the country's first "Cycle City" after winning 11.4 million pounds of government funding to improve facilities for cyclists. The city won the cash after promising to encourage 2.5 million more people to take up cycling with a range of bicycle-friendly schemes, including:
- a Paris-style on-street bike rental network
- a central bike lock-up facility for commuters, including showers and lockers
- dedicated cycleways from the city's suburbs into the centre.
The Department for Transport also announced funding for 11 "Cycling Demonstration Towns", including Blackpool, Cambridge and York, to add to the existing six appointed in 2005.