Thursday, 19 June 2008

Bristol becomes a cycling city

Good news that Bristol is to become the UK's first cycling city. I think the extra money could make a real difference, particularly the bike rental scheme, and the proposals to provide free bikes to people in deprived areas. If people are able to rent bikes they'll be more likely to use them for exercise and leisure trips, even if they can't fit cycling into their daily schedule. And I'm sure there are plenty of people in the areas surrounding Bristol city centre who would be prepared to cycle to work if bikes and facilities were made available - and, of course, if we can established a better network of well-marked and safe cycle lanes.

Congratulations are due to Sustrans and the City Council for their work in promoting cycling in the city. I know Rosie Winterton, the Transport Minister, has been impressed by what she has seen on her visits to Bristol, and when I've told her about the number of people who turned out to support the campaign to protect the cycle path.

No comments: