Just over a year ago I opened the new cycle route between Horningsea and Fen Ditton which I, the local parish council and residents had campaigned for. This included a mass cycle ride of around 50 people to show their support for the scheme.
I was really pleased, therefore, to see that according to our latest figures cycling has seen a massive rise of 14 per cent in and around Cambridge. But an amazing 21 per cent increase in cycling trips to and from the surrounding villagers. The new route between Horningsea and Fen Ditton is part of that increase in cycling and I am glad together the community was able to secure it.
The Council has been investing heavily in cycle facilities, promotion and training. Together with partners we secured some £9 million investment as part of the Cycle Cambridge project putting Cambridge the top cycling city in the country.
As part of the budget setting this year I and my cabinet were keen to make sure there would be free cycle training for children across the County.
Encouraging cycling not only helps tackle congestion and therefore helps our economy but also aids in our new role as a council to help improve the health and well being of our communities.