Nottingham is set for a huge investment into cycling and walking infrastructure, Nottingham City Council has announced.

In total, £161m will be spent by Nottingham and Derby City councils over the next three years to improve conditions for cyclists across the region.

Funding includes £40m to be used for cycling and walking routes within Nottingham City and the surrounding areas, such as around Broadmarsh and out to Nottingham Trent University and East Midlands Airport.

The cost of the new scheme will be fully met by external grant funding, primarily in the form of the capital investment from the Transforming Cities Fund and supports the council’s goal of making Nottingham carbon neutral by 2028.

Speaking at the City Council’s Joint Committee on Strategic Planning and Transport meeting on June 11, Councillor Matt Barney said:  “It is essential to give people the skills, confidence and motivation to cycle more.

“The council has developed a number of effective behaviour change packages in partnership with local and national cycling providers such as Sustrans, Ridewise, Nottingham Bikeworks and British Cycling to support our businesses, our communities and more recently our schools, to provide a comprehensive package of active travel services to encourage and support new and returning cyclists.

“This puts Nottingham in a strong position to capture the benefits of a renaissance in cycling as the UK emerges from the COVID19 crisis, and is key to helping us to deliver on our zero carbon 2028 vision.

“Our monitoring has provided evidence of a real increase in cycling levels over the pandemic, in particular at weekends indicating sustained increase in leisure cycling, with the potential to convert this to more frequent everyday commuter cycling.”

The council are continuing to explore new ways to improve the city’s transport infrastructure, with e-bike provisions and regulating the use of bus stops and quality standards for all bus services using them, with the objective of “raising standards and improving both the passenger experience and integration, efficiency and punctuality of bus services.”