Lib Dem MPs welcome £20m Greater Manchester cycling boost.

John on his bike in Withington. This £20million boost will encourage more cyclists onto the raods, and make Manchester Roads feel safer. Withington Liobrar

John on his bike in Withington village. This £20 million boost will encourage more cyclists onto the roads, and make Manchester Roads feel safer.

Greater Manchester Lib Dem MPs John Leech, Andrew Stunell and Mark Hunter have welcomed today’s announcement that Manchester will get £20million grant to improve cycling across the City as part of Government’s Cycle City Ambition scheme.

The bid is to support a series of continental-style, largely segregated, cycle routes with Greater Manchester, together with the delivery of a number of cycle and ride stations.

The bid also funds a promotion and engagement scheme designed to trigger a generational shift to cycling, and would unlock further investment across Greater Manchester from the public and private sector

The bid has been supported by Friends of the Earth and the GM “Love your bike” campaign.

John Leech MP said today,

“This is great news. Much credit should go to Lib Dem cycling minister Norman Baker. We lobbied him hard and he has delivered for Greater Manchester”

Mark Hunter added,

“On top of the £1.1million announced by Norman Baker in April to improve cycling in Cheadle, this £20m will really make a difference improving cycling routes across Stockport and Greater Manchester.”

Andrew Stunell added,

“I have long been an advocate for cycling. This scheme will help encourage as many people as possible to use pedal power to travel to work, school and local amenities.”

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