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FIRST 'CYCLING PROJECTS FUND' GRANTS ANNOUNCED

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Minister for transport John Spellar today announced the award of ...
Minister for transport John Spellar today announced the award of

funding from the Department for Transport's (DfT) Cycling Projects

Fund to ten cycling projects.

The£2m fund was launched in March. It will provide funding to

organisations from the public and private sectors, health and

education sectors and cycling groups to provide cycling related

facilities that will lead to an increase in cycling.

Speaking at the start of the Great Parliamentary Bike Ride, which

starts at the DfT, Mr Spellar said:

'I am pleased to announce the first grants from our Cycling Projects

Fund. These projects cover a wide range of initiatives, all designed

to lead to an increase in cycling. I believe the Cycling Projects

Fund will kick-start growth in cycling at very local levels, and help

us reach the targets for increased cycling that are in the National

Cycling Strategy and our own Ten-Year Plan.

'We have been extremely pleased with the high level of interest in

the fund and with the quality of bids we have already received. This

is only our first award of funding. I wish these 10 initial projects

every success and look forward to hearing about their progress.'

The successful projects come from a variety of organisations and are

based in different parts of the country. Examples are The St George's

Healthcare Trust in London who will be providing cycle lockers and

cycle racks for staff, and University of Bristol who are providing

additional cycle facilities for staff and students on campus as part

of their travel plan aimed at reducing car use.

Over£800,000 remains available this year to support additional

projects, from bids already received or from new ones. The bidding

window will remain open until the end of July, and further

applications will be welcome.

A full list of the projects selected for approval in this initial

announcement follows.

NOTES

1. The Department for Transport (DfT) launched a£2m Cycling

Projects Fund to support the growth of local provision for cycling

in England in March this year.

2. The first bid window is from 1 April to 31 July 2002. The DfT

expect to spend approximately£1m each year in 2002/03 and 2003/04

on successful bids. A further bid window will be opened early next

year.

3. Grants are available within a lower limit of£250 and an upper

limit of£50,000. Projects must be able to guarantee matched

funding, of at least 20% for voluntary groups and 50% for others.

4. The fund is open to any project and might include cycle parking,

cycle routes, cycle training - basically any project that could be

expected to achieve an increase in cycling.

5. Detailed terms and conditions for making application to the fund

can be obtained at www.nationalcyclingstrategy.org.uk

List of Cycling Project Fund Grants

St George's Healthcare Trust, London

Additional cycle parking and cycle lockers for staff at the hospital

site. Awarded a grant of£10,000.

Sandford Parish Paths and Environment Group

Funding to complete an off road cycle path from Sandford village to

the nearby village of Crediton. Awarded a grant of£13,000

Runneymede BC

A comprehensive cycle parking scheme at 8 schools and 1 college in

the borough. The project will provide cycle parking and shelters for

around 400 bicycles. Awarded a grant of£50,000.

Lazarus Environmental

A cycle hire/cycle centre facility in Sunderland making repaired

bikes available to those who do not have them and generally raising

cycle awareness in the area. Awarded a grant of£33,513.

University of Bristol

Additional cycle parking as part of an ongoing cycle parking and

facilities commitment by the University to reducing car use. Awarded

a grant of£45,000.

Kesgrave High School

Additional cycle parking and CCTV at a school where there are already

700 cyclists. The school aims to further increase cycling by 15-20%.

Awarded a grant of£6,500.

Cycle West

A cycle training package aimed at older children and young adults to

meet demand from local schools and colleges. Awarded a grant of

£12,250.

Hopley's Coaches

A project to put bike racks and CCTV surveillance on two buses

operating between Porthtowan and Truro in Cornwall. Awarded a grant

of£2,250.

Watergate School

A project at a school for children with severe learning disabilities.

The school encourages cycling to improve mobility and to build

confidence. Awarded a grant of£750.

Wychall Lane Surgery

A scheme to provide cycle lockers for staff and patients to meet

local demand. Awarded a grant of£500.

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