Great news from Liverpool where it appears that more and more people are getting on their bikes than ever before.
Figures collated by Liverpool City Council show that between April 2010 and April 2011, there was a 10% increase in recorded cycle trips in Liverpool. This is the third year in a row that the number of cycle trips in the city has grown. The figures come from the Merseyside Cycle Monitoring report. The report also shows that between 2006 and 2011, Merseyside enjoyed an overall increase of 25 per cent in recorded cycle trips.
Liverpool City Council has committed £1m in Local Sustainable Transport Funding from the Department of Transport to further boost the cycling infrastructure and sustainable transport in Liverpool between 2011 and 2014. It will be invested in, among other projects, improving east/west links, a cycle loans scheme, setting up a neighbourhood travel team, and active travel – to promote cycling to businesses and communities in north Liverpool.
The recent success in upping cycling numbers in Liverpool owes much to the work of the Cycle Aigburth and Cycle Speke schemes, which work closely with businesses, schools and community groups to encourage local people to build cycling into their daily lives. The schemes offer free events such as the Cycling Sunday guided bike rides; beginner bike rides and after-school rides for children. There is also a ‘Bike Buddy’ scheme that partners people with experienced cyclists who know the local cycle network, while local people are recruited as volunteer cycle leaders and given the relevant training. Cycle Aigburth and Cycle Speke also provide additional cycle parking outside shops and new bike shelters at primary schools, as well as improving cycling facilities to make it easier for people to bring their bikes to work, backed by the city council’s ‘Bike To Work’ scheme.