Calderdale Cycling Projects will receive a £10m share of government funding

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The government’s new executive agency, Active Travel England, led by Chris Boardman, will oversee the implementation of 134 schemes across Yorkshire, backed by £161million, which include new walkways, cycle paths and crosswalks in 46 local authorities outside London.

The projects will make it possible to create new routes and improve existing ones, thus facilitating the choice of active and ecological modes of transport.

A new active travel district will be created in Calderdale with separate cycle lanes on the busiest roads, local improvements and some roads closed to car traffic.

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As well as £161m for the 134 local authority schemes, 19 authorities – including in Hull, Sheffield and West Yorkshire – will also receive a share of £1.5m for ‘mini-feasibility studies’. Holland”, to assess how the areas could be as pedestrian and cycle friendly as their Dutch urban counterparts.

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said: “This multi-million pound investment will ensure that people across the country can access cheap, healthy and emission-free travel.

“Active Travel England will work hard to create a new golden age of walking and cycling, allowing everyone to enjoy the benefits of a more active lifestyle, creating streets where children can play and creating more pleasant to live with.”

The government has also confirmed that it will inject £35million to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of walking paths and routes, cycling or rolling managed by the independent charity Sustrans. The new funding will upgrade 44 off-road sections of the network to ensure their sustainability for years to come.

Active Travel Commissioner Chris Boardman said: ‘It’s about allowing people to leave their cars at home and enjoy local walks or bike rides. Active Travel England will ensure that high quality spaces for cycling, rolling and walking are provided in all parts of England, creating better streets, a happier school and healthier and more enjoyable journeys to work and shopping.

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