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Wheels are in motion to turn British cities into cycle-friendly ‘mini-Hollands’

Wheels are in motion to turn British cities into cycle-friendly ‘mini-Hollands’

Mini-Holland cycling schemes to encourage people to ditch their cars are to be introduced to Britain’s major cities under government plans. Nineteen local authorities, including…

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Mini-Holland cycling schemes to encourage people to ditch their cars are to be introduced to Britain’s major cities under government plans.

Nineteen local authorities, including Manchester, Hull and Nottinghamshire, are to get government funds for mini-Hollands with segregated bike lanes , traffic calming and residential streets blocked to cars.

It is part of a £200 million extension of the Government’s £2 billion “active travel” plans to persuade motorists to give up their cars for short journeys and instead cycle or walk.

It will also pay for 134 schemes across 46 local councils outside London which include new cycle lanes, footways and pedestrian crossings.

Local officials have steered away from describing any of the projects as Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), which have provoked intense local opposition over road closures and claims of increased congestion on boundary highways in some areas. But they did acknowledge some had LTN features.

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Chris Boardman , former Olympic champion and the Government’s active travel commissioner, said: “This is all about enabling people to leave their cars at home and enjoy local journeys on foot or by bike.”He said the new agency, Active Travel England, would ensure “high-quality spaces for cycling, wheeling and walking are delivered across all parts of England, creating better streets, a happier school run and healthier, more pleasant journeys to work and the shops”.Mini-Hollands were first introduced by Boris Johnson in March 2014, when he was London mayor, in three boroughs – Waltham Forest, Enfield and Kingston. Cyclists in Waltham Forest. The Prime Minister launched three […]

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