The city of Manchester recently lost out in its bid to become England’s first Cycling City as part of a £100m government scheme.
The city of Bristol amongst others bagged the title as UK’s Cycling Cities in a campaign to promote cycling in the UK and to develop cycling facilities within British cities and towns. The list of chosen cities are Blackpool, Cambridge, Chester, Colchester, Leighton/Linslade in Bedfordshire, Shrewsbury, Southend on Sea, Southport, Stoke, Woking and York. In addition there are currently six of the demonstration towns: Aylesbury, Brighton, Darlington, Derby, Exeter and Lancaster.
The plan is for Bristol to double the number of people cycling over the next three years to help the environment and traffic congestion. The campaign to promote cycle cities include creating Britain’s first on-street bike rental network, showers and lockers for biking workers and doubling the number of children receiving cycling training.