funding from the Department for Transport's (DfT) Cycling Projects
Fund to ten cycling projects.
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
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
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
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.
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.
A cycle training package aimed at older children and young adults to
meet demand from local schools and colleges. Awarded a grant of
A project to put bike racks and CCTV surveillance on two buses
operating between Porthtowan and Truro in Cornwall. Awarded a grant
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.