Pedal power in Peterborough gets £500,000 boost
Half a million pounds is on its way to Peterborough to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and instead catch the bus or hop on a bike.
The funding for Peterborough City Council is part of £20.6m that is being given out nationally for 23 sustainable travel initiatives across England that boost local economies by supporting people’s ambitions - offering cheap, clean and healthy travel options to access jobs and education opportunities.
Peterborough City Council's Leader Councillor John Holdich has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Transport that the council will receive £500,000.
The money will allow the council's Travelchoice team to continue working with schools, businesses and residents to encourage more people to reduce their reliance on cars and instead walk, cycle, use the bus and car share, therefore reducing congestion and CO2 emissions and improving people's health.
In particular, the money will be used to improve people's access to jobs, skills, training and education. This will include offering personalised travel information for people who find that travelling to jobs is often a barrier to employment.
The Travelchoice team will also work with more schools to further roll out the Bike-It scheme, which teaches children how to ride safely. Sustrans has already delivered the training to almost 15,000 children and adults across the city.
Councillor Holdich said: "Thanks to our Travelchoice project, more people than ever before are choosing to walk, cycle or get the bus for journeys that they perhaps might have relied on the car for previously.
"This additional money means that we can continue this great work and in particular assist businesses to see whether we can help their employees travel differently, whether it is car sharing or using the bus.
"We also know that there are many people who are seeking employment who are restricted by the fact they don't have a car to get to a place of work. We want to work with these people to show them that there are other ways of getting from A to B, whether it's using the bus or car sharing.
"Only last week we received the news that House of Fraser will be bringing up to 1,000 new jobs to the city. We want our residents to be able to benefit from those jobs so I'm delighted that this money will allow us to work with our residents to ensure that travel isn't a barrier to doing so."
Lots of information about the various travel options available in Peterborough can be found on the Travelchoice website.
Save the date! 11th -19th June is National Bike Week
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends. The 2016 event will take place 11-19th June but events still take place through September and beyond!
This year’s Bike Week has a special focus and will encourage people to use their bikes to cycle to work. Many people will use the events to ride and take part in ‘buddy’ rides with colleagues, scope out the easiest route to their place of work or take part in work place challenges.
To find out more about Bike Week 2016 click HERE