A £15 million investment into community cycling facilities will provide a lasting legacy from next year’s UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire.
Working with British Cycling, we'll deliver the funding programme that's set to build multi-use facilities around the country.
The announcement comes with a year to go until the best road cyclists in the world head to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships.
Yorkshire hosted the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France and in each of the three years since has hosted the Tour de Yorkshire races for both men and women.
And with cycling participation on a high in the nation – British Cycling saw a 150% increase in members in the four years after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – our Director of Property, Charles Johnston, hopes this investment will continue that trend.
“Cycling is one of the most popular activities for people in England, but what stops many from getting on bikes is a lack of access to traffic-free or easy-terrain routes,” he said.
“Sport England is proud to be delivering, in partnership with British Cycling, the single biggest government investment into community cycling facilities the country has seen in recent years.
“The investment will provide more facilities such as tracks and bike centres, where people can ride confidently and safely as well as access to essential equipment they need to have a go.
“The investment will ensure that anyone inspired to cycle after watching the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will have safe and accessible opportunities to do so in their local area.”
The programme aims to engage a broad spectrum of cyclists, with those just learning to ride and young people targeted.