Funding to promote green ways of travelling

A new initiative encouraging more to try a greener ways of travelling has been launched.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare with one of the new bike stands in Halesowen
Councillor Karen Shakespeare with one of the new bike stands in Halesowen

Dudley Council has installed more than 250 new cycle parking stands around the borough as it looks to encourage people to ditch their cars and get on their bikes.

The stands can be found in town centres, parks and open spaces, providing safe places to lock up bicycles while out and about.

The cash for the initiative has been secured from the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, which was put in place to support local authorities with schemes that encourage walking or cycling.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for public realm, said the council welcomed the government funding, which would be "put to very good use".

She said: "During lockdown, we have seen a lot more people out across the borough cycling.

"We are keen to continue to encourage this as we begin to start moving back to some kind of normality.

"This brings obvious health benefits to individuals but also helps reduce congestion on our roads and improves air quality.

"Having extra parking facilities for bicycles will help encourage people to travel in more environmentally-friendly ways.

"It will give them somewhere to lock up their bikes when they get there, whether it is for shopping in our town centres or enjoying our parks and green open spaces."

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