School cycling cash still up for grabs

£17m available to build safer routes for children

Sustrans is urging UK local authorities to apply for a share of a £17 million pot for the building of safe cycling and walking routes to schools.

The cash is available as part of the sustainable transport charity's 'Links to Schools' programme, which aims to extend the National Cycle Network. It should be enough to fund 300 schemes, benefiting more than 700 schools.

It is not new money but unclaimed funding made available by the Government in January 2008 as part of a £110 million push by the Department for Transport to promote cycling .

Sustrans' chief executive, Malcolm Shepherd, said: "Sustrans believes that every child in the country has the right to a safe walking and cycling route to school. This record-breaking funding will mean we can continue to work with local authorities to ensure this vision moves a step closer to becoming a reality."

The charity's figures show that only two percent of children nationally cycle to school but more than 30 percent want to do so. Staff, parents or teachers who want more information should call the Sustrans School Travel Team on 0117 915 0100.

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