24th Nov, 2020

Solihull to benefit as grant boosts Starley Network cycling plans

Ross Crawford 21st Nov, 2020

SOLIHULL is to receive funding for cycle parking at popular shopping destinations, plus a major upgrade of the cycle lane linking Meriden to Millisons Wood under the government’s Active Travel programme.

The investment is part of the £13million grant handed to The Starley Network of safe cycle routes in the West Midlands which is being administered by Transport for West Midlands and its partner councils, including Solihull MBC.

Named in honour of the Starley family of Coventry industrialists who pioneered bicycle manufacturing, the Starley Network pulls together almost 500 miles of existing routes and towpaths, planned cycling infrastructure and safe walking areas.

The new funding means that projects, such as the segregated cycle route from Coventry city centre to the University Hospital, can now go ahead.

Other routes to receive funding include Wednesfield Road in Wolverhampton, and a cycle lane along the A457 corridor from Birmingham city centre to Smethwick.

Smaller projects, such as offering free cycle racks for organisations to encourage more visitors to cycle, will also be extended.

The grant follows £3.85m awarded from the first round during the summer, which has been used on schemes to improve safety for cycling and walking.

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