Cycling: Pilot Schemes

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what lessons have been learned from the six cycling demonstration towns.

Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The cycling demonstration towns project is now at the halfway stage so it is too soon to assess the full impacts and lessons learned. However, the key lessons learned so far are:

the success of the project will primarily rest on commitment from senior local authority politicians and officers; that commitment needs to extend beyond the lifetime of the project; the towns' project managers required support and guidance in the early stages particularly on design of infrastructure and signage; funding can unlock significant contributions from developers on cycling infrastructure adding further value to the project; the towns that have implemented a co-ordinated approach are yielding the best results.

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