‘Use cycling boost to improve road network’

15 August 2013

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16 August 2013 | Will Green 

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) has welcomed government plans to boost cycling in the UK.

The institute says the £94 million injection announced by Prime Minister David Cameron provides an opportunity to upgrade roads and allow cyclists and freight vehicles to “co-exist safely”. Under the plans eight cities will share £77 million and four national parks will get £17 million, to improve existing cycle routes and build new ones.

CILT urges the needs of all road users be considered in new schemes. Steve Agg, chief executive of CILT, said: “Our generation inherits an urban road network largely designed for horse-drawn vehicles, or at best slow post-war era cars.

“This is an opportunity to invest in new roads on which cyclists and modern passenger and freight vehicles can co-exist safely. 

“Successful projects elsewhere in Europe point the way for a much more cohesive network, as friendly to the cyclist as it is accessible to the buses which get people to work and the freight operators that keep our towns and cities’ stores stocked.”

The institute also said it was “excited” by proposals to build a cycle path – dubbed “Slow Speed 2” – along the route of the High Speed 2 rail line.

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