Big time biking

Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2008 at 11:10 am by JTE

The Guardian reports that the British government is moving aggressively to promote bicycling.

The government today launched a £47m [US $92m] quest to establish a British “cycling city” that would get more people on to two wheels, and cut congestion and pollution.

The winning metropolis will join London, which has already announced a £400m [US $783m] cycling and walking programme, in launching a series of initiatives including new cycle routes and training schemes.

Six new “cycling towns” will also be selected to share the £47m [US $92m] fund with the chosen city. Local authorities interested in becoming a cycling city or town have until March 31 to make their application.

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Cool! I know there are some North American cities and towns that promote biking, but I haven’t heard of any that are quite so gung-ho about it. For those of us on this side of the Atlantic, what we can do for now is agitate our local and upwards governments and just get out there and start biking to work (and the store, and school, and to friends’ places, and everywhere) ourselves. Even in winter, yes, it can be done.

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