Government shifts cycling up a gear with £64 million funding incentive

Funding available for extra secure cycle storage for local transport authorities

The Code Store MD, Ashley Prescott at his last triathlon

At the end of last month (26 January) Transport Minister Andrew Jones announced thousands more people across the country would be encouraged to cycle and walk to work thanks to a £64 million government investment.

All English transport authorities (outside London) were invited to bid for The Sustainable Access Travel Fund which will support 28 local projects over three years from 2017 to 2020.

The move forms part of wider government incentive worth £300 million which is intended to boost walking and cycling during the current parliament. By 2040 the government hopes this investment will encourage cycling and walking to become the natural choice for shorter journeys as part of everyday life. The Sustainable Access Travel Fund will also help to remove barriers to employment and open access to education as there will be funding available for discount travel and bike loans.

As a keen cyclist, myself, I strongly welcome this move by the government because it will make commuters journeys cheaper, safer and its better for the environment. It will also encourage the nation to be more active, improve their well-being and help to connect communities.

The full list of what funding is available can be found here. Interestingly one of the areas where money has been allocated is for the procurement of extra secure cycle storage and we can help local authorities with this. The Code Store is a specialist provider of cycle storage in residential, commercial and public sectors, with a focus on sustainability.

We have over 9 years’ industry experience and have worked with some of the country’s leading housing developers and construction companies, such as: Redrow Homes, Berkeley Homes, Wates Group, Bloor Homes, Kier Living, Keepmoat, Eric Wright Construction and Wilmott Dixon.

Our portfolio includes communal shelters, bike sheds and bike stand options. All of which are available in various sizes and configurations and we also offer a bespoke service for any specific design requirements. All the timber we use is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified to ensure it meets the highest environmental and social standards.

Innovation is at the heart of what we do. We were the first company to design and manufacture a shed to meet the requirements for the Code for Sustainable Homes, Secured by Design (SBD) and the Home Quality Mark (HQM).

So, all that is left to be said is that if you are one of the councils eligible for funding as part of this latest government incentive, our award-winning team is on hand to help with any of your cycle storage needs. We look forward to working in partnership with you to put in place sustainable transport solutions that will encourage your communities to flourish and thrive.


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