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Cheshire East Council has unveiled a strategy to double the number of people cycling in the borough.
The authority’s ambition is a ‘step change’ in the take up of cycling by residents of all ages across Cheshire East.
The new cycling strategy provides a framework which will shape council policy and inform the planning and design of the borough’s streets, communities and green spaces.
The plan will deliver a cycle-friendly network of key routes connecting people and places. This network will link with local routes to connect residents to jobs, skills, schools services and leisure opportunities.
The council will work with partners and local cycling groups to deliver the cycling strategy over the next 10 years.
Speaking after the cycling strategy was formally backed by cabinet, Councillor David Brown, deputy leader of the council, said: “This is fantastic news. In adopting this strategy there is a real opportunity to capitalise on increased public awareness and interest in cycling.”
“Cycling has so many well-recognised benefits – not just for individuals’ health, wellbeing and pockets, but also our wider communities, environment and businesses.
“It will also help the council achieve its wider ambitions, set out in our corporate plan, by making Cheshire East a green and sustainable place, enabling people to live well and for longer and helping ensure Cheshire East has a strong and resilient economy.
To deliver the cycling strategy, funding will be drawn from a wide range of sources. Current funding streams accessed to improve the cycle network across the borough in 2017/18 onwards include a share of £5m allocated to Cheshire and Warrington LEP by the Local Growth Fund to improve cycle routes and £612,000 secured from the Department of Transport to fund Bikeability cycle training for children.
The council will also seek to use developer funding as part of planning consent agreements.