Better walking and cycling routes
Local walking and cycling community groups, and Town and Parish councils in Copeland such as St Bees Parish council, are extremely keen to see better cycling and walking infrastructure. So I am very pleased that today the government launched a £200 million fund to improve walking and cycling routes, making it easier for people to get around their local area safely while growing the economy by boosting high streets and creating skilled jobs.
- Walking and cycling has so many benefits – reducing emissions, boosting local economies and creating jobs – but too often people are put off because it’s not convenient or they feel unsafe.
- That is why today, the government has launched a £200 million fund through Active Travel England that will allow local authorities to apply for money for upgrades to walking and cycling routes – including creating more paths in rural areas and making it safer for children to walk to school.
- By working with local people to improve transport links in their area, we can boost high streets – creating new, skilled jobs and growing the economy.