Highways England is injecting £27 million worth of funding into Cornwall which will help to deliver a variety of new cycle paths.
The funding from the organisation in charge of managing major motorways and A roads in England will use the money to enrich the county with initiatives including cycle paths, habitat and heritage projects.
It follows the pattern seen in London, where cycle highways are being created.
This popularity of cycle paths has a number of benefits, given that it not only helps to clean up toxic air – a problem that is being tackled throughout the UK to reduce the health risks caused by pollution – but the construction of new paths specifically for cyclists in Cornwall will also ensure their safety.
The UK has long since had a problem with protecting its vulnerable road users, yet this investment will help cyclists and those on foot to travel safely.
A network will be created linking Truro with St Agnes, Perranporth and Newquay.
Once again, it mirrors the work in London, where the Vision Zero commitment is making progress to eliminate collisions with vulnerable road users; but the commitment to greater safety for cyclists is being rolled out nationwide, and Cornwall will benefit greatly because of this.
£17 million of investment will come from Highways England’s Cycling, Safety and Integration Designated Fund, while Cornwall Council will also stump up £2 million to guarantee high quality, off-road walking and cycling.
The routes will in excess of 30 kilometres, increasing the option of cycling as a way to travel to work, while also contributing to a healthy lifestyle.
The cycle paths will be delivered by spring 2021.
Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio holder for Transport, Geoff Brown, said: “This major funding from Highways England provides us with a wonderful opportunity to provide some great opportunities for cycling.
“Cycling also helps address congestion and air quality issues.”