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Council awarded more than £500,000 to support walking and cycling


Gloucestershire County Council has been awarded £509,000 to help encourage more people to walk and cycle.

Cyclist on a path wearing an orange coat

The Government’s Active Travel Capability Fund has awarded more than half-a-million-pounds to the council as part of a national £32.9 million investment to accelerate walking and cycling schemes.

The money can not be used to construct cycle infrastructure but can go towards the design of walking and cycle routes.

Designs included in the council’s bid for the funding will help to continue the creation of a 26-mile cycle spine linking Stroud to Bishop’s Cleeve, via Gloucester and Churchdown.

In addition, the funding will be used to organise activities to encourage people to switch to active modes of travel, like walking, cycling and to help develop local cycling and walking plans.

Cllr David Gray, Cabinet member responsible for the environment at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am delighted that the Government have accepted our bid for grant funding.

“It will go towards designing new schemes that will enable more people in our county to make journeys by foot or on their bike.

“We are committed to creating a Greener Gloucestershire and switching to active modes of travel, such as walking and cycling, are an important part of this.”

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