Bristol's cycling city partnership awarded extra money

An extra £60,000 has been given to improve the situation for cyclists in and out of Bristol city centre.

The additional funds will go towards developing extra infrastructure and installing cycle contra-flows in the city centre.

South Gloucestershire is improving links between key locations and signing to local destinations.

Councillor Brian Allinson said: "The funding will enable us to keep the project's momentum up."

Bristol was awarded £22m in 2008 to help encourage residents to ride bicycles.

Transport minister Norman Baker said it was important to develop a sustainable transport network despite the current financial difficulties.

"We are giving councils across England over £800,000 extra before the end of this financial year to ensure more people are encouraged to cycle."

The two councils have also applied for additional funding from the government's sustainable transport fund.

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