City to revamp existing cycle routes and build new ones in a bid to get more people on bikes

Coventry is to spend £6.9m building a network of cycle routes linking up various parts of the city over the next three years.

The announcement of funding for the new routes was made at an event in the city centre on Tuesday which was due to be opened by Olympic silver medal cyclist Lizzie Armisted doing laps of Broadgate in the city centre on her Team GB bike… we'd like to have seen that.

The University of Warwick, Ricoh Arena, and University Hospital Coventry and the Westwood Business Park are some of the places that will be linked to the city centre on the new routes which will also connect to residential areas across the city.

Funding for the scheme is being provided in a joint venture between Coventry City Council and Centro, the local transport authority with the councils putting up £3.5m it secured in Government funding for new cycle lanes through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund with the rest coming as a slice of a successful £33m Centro bid from the LSTF.

The money will be spent over three years and used to create new routes and upgrade existing ones linking and accruing to a report in the CoventryTelegraph the council has pledged to spend £1.19 on green transport for ever pound it receives in funding from the LSTF.

Speaking at the launch of the project Centro chairman and city councillor John McNicholas said: “It’s important that we work hard to make cycling a realistic and viable alternative form of transport. This overhaul of the cycling network will have a major impact for the people of this city.”

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.