A BIKE champion from South Tyneside has welcomed a £94m cash windfall for cyclists.
Prime Minister David Cameron announced the money will be invested in England’s biggest cities – including Newcastle – to make cycling safer and more attractive.
Former Olympian and Commonwealth cycling gold medallist Joe Waugh, has welcomed the big cash boost for cyclists.
Mr Waugh, from Boldon and the owner of M. Steel Cycles, Gosforth, Newcastle, said: “I’m more than delighted to hear that the biggest cash boost so far has been awarded to England.
“We’ve been campaigning for quite some time for a cycling initiative here in the North East, and now we have one.
“Of the amount given to the community as a whole, Newcastle is set to receive £5.6m and I can’t wait to see the work that is carried out.”
It is hoped the Government cycling boost could see the amount of daily journeys made by bicycle increase from its current level of just two per cent.
The Government requested the help of businesses, the transport sector, local government and developers to help facilitate the scheme, partially focusing on improving facilities and cycling networks for those wishing to travel by bike.
Mr Waugh added: “It’s no surprise that after England’s success in the 2012 Olympics, Paralympics, the Tour de France and, most recently, the extremely popular Skyride event, which saw almost 8,000 cyclists take to Newcastle’s Quayside, David Cameron has enlisted the support of Sir Chris Hoy to push for the cycling initiative.
“England has always produced a fantastic calibre of cyclists, and they have proved to be some of the most influential and respected athletes in the world.
“I believe the Government has finally realised this and wants to take cycling from the arena to the open road.”