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March 8 2012,

Norman Baker, our local MP and transport minister, has announced a £30m package of measures to make cycling safer and more convenient.

More than 7,500 new cycle spaces at railway stations and 38 new and improved routes have been agreed, as part of moves to connect communities, reduce carbon emissions and get people active through cycling.

The schemes, which are due to be implemented later this year, are also designed to promote economic growth by providing commuters with improved sustainable travel options.

The DfT has worked with the Association of Train Operating Companies, the UK transport charity Sustrans, the Cycle Rail Working Group and local councils to design and approve the 68 projects, which will provide better access for cyclists and pedestrians.

Norman Baker said: "I know these plans will be hugely beneficial to communities and cyclists up and down England. They will also help to create jobs and reduce our carbon footprints while making cycling safer and more convenient; further emphasising the Government's dedication to offer sustainable transport for all.

"I look forward to visiting some of the projects and hearing the difference renewed transport links have made to peoples' daily lives, especially making that last mile from the train to home an easy ride or walk."

The projects are spread across the England and focus on areas that will enhance existing transport links. The plans include the development of paths that will allow budding cyclists to travel directly and safely to their destination. Their bikes will be secure on arrival with new cycle racks, the use of CCTV and additional lighting.

Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans' chief executive, said: "Sustrans is delighted to be working with the Department for Transport to help more people in communities to walk or cycle to school and work.

"Ongoing investment is needed to give many more people the chance to get active safely in their everyday journeys."